The best Mother’s Day gift I got goes back to when my kids were in nursery school. At their school, the children would make a card for Mom that was essentially a crude, Mad Lib-style declaration of love. There were fill-in-the-blank answers for sentences that began with things like “My mom looks prettiest when...” or “I know my mom loves me when she...” Of course, there were always unintentionally hilarious answers. My favorite? One year my son wrote: “My mom makes the best... hot dogs.” Hot dogs! I mean, couldn’t he have said, I don’t know, organic mac and cheese?!? It was slightly mortifying, and not really even true, but apparently straight from his little hot-dog-loving heart.
—Kristin van Ogtrop, editor of Real Simple