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How to score points with your sports fan mom on Mother’s Day
By Doug Halberstadt
Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 11. I’d like to suggest a couple of different ideas as gifts for Mom.
First, for those moms out there who enjoy a variety of sports, a gift certificate to one of the local sporting goods stores would be a whole lot more useful than the customary flowers and candy. Trust me on this one, flowers and candy are nice, but she’d prefer to go shopping on your dime.
Do you have a mom who’s a golfer? Multiple gift options are available in this area. If the weather cooperates on Sunday, how about taking Mom out for breakfast and nine holes at any of the local courses? Even breakfast at one of the courses and then hitting a bucket of balls at one of the local driving ranges has to be better than a hanging basket of petunias.
I know some moms who will be waiting to see whether the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild will have a game five in their second-round playoff series. If necessary, that game will be played on Mother’s Day. She’d look great in some new Blackhawks gear. Many of the local department stores have plenty of hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys in stock.
If your mom happens to be a race fan, Saturday night (May 10) would be your time to celebrate with her. Locally, the Rockford Speedway will have their usual weekly lineup and a special wine-tasting event in their Miller Lite Pavilion on “Moms’ Night.” The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also takes to the track Saturday night. They’ll be in Kansas for a race under the lights.
There are a few ideas for you if Mom’s into sports. For the moms who aren’t into sports, there’s always the old standbys: brunch, perfume, jewelry and, of course, Fannie May always seems to be a favorite.
Whatever category your mom falls into, make sure you tell her how much you love her and appreciate all that she’s done for you. If you remember to do that, using a sports analogy: you’ll score plenty of points and be a winner for sure.
From the May 7-13, 2014, issue