Since the real estate market in our area tanked, my mother is having some financial problems. As my other sibling is involved in a divorce, it has fallen to me to pitch in. Its my mom, that's what you do. Unfortunately, that means I will be unable to do anything for Mother's Day that involves any expenditure of cash.
So what's a son to do? Well, her mortgage and the bills are paid, that's a starter. Next, for as long as daylight lasts on Mother's Day, my mom will be able to look out her window and see me washing her car, mowing her grass, cleaning the pool, trimming the drive and all the topiary work (I happen to have a talent for that), and replacing the sink drain and pipes while retrieving her earring. I haven't decided if I am going to paint the fence, but I am repairing the screen on the pool, and I am screening the gutters.
Since the bills are paid, I don't have a dollar, but we have the materials for all those jobs. Yea, it may not be all emotional and stuff, but I'm good at sweating, and mom is all about the pool and yard, anyway. I try to lean toward the practical, especially in the lean times. After my next raise, the owner retires, and my tier of management becomes executive. I'll be able to spring for Disney weekends with the whole family. Right now, however, every dollar counts.