Mothers - as corny as this sounds - really are with you from the beginning. And most stay with you until the end - yours or theirs.
What they do during pregnancy is enough for first-ballot sainthood, but then 99 percent of them stick around for more anguish, more pain and - aghhhh! - the teenage years.
I'm not a big fan of some of the other fabricated holidays - Grandparents Day, Secretary's Day, Valentine's Day, Labor Day, Halloween and Columbus Day - but Mother's Day is a keeper.
It's a good day to not only honor mothers for all of their sacrifices, but to show them how much you appreciate them. If your mother is not around, thank your wife for being a great mother to your children.
The reasons are endless.
Thank her for the patience and the persistence.
Thank her for her kindness and concern.
Thank her for the laundry, the folded socks and taking care of the smelly basketball, baseball and soccer uniforms.
Thank her for always having dinner on the table and for making red macaroni or hot dogs when you didn't like what everybody else was having.
Thank her for adjusting her life to fit around everyone else's.
Thank her for teaching you right from wrong and for smacking you with that ruler when she caught you throwing rocks at the old building behind the house.
Thank her for all the dating advice - most of which you ignored.
Thank her for wanting only the best things for you and your siblings.
Thank her for understanding when your mouth and temper got the best of you.
Thank her for the forgiveness that you truly didn't deserve.
Thank her for encouraging you when you struggled and then stepping aside when it was your moment to shine.
I am blessed - as many men are. I have a caring wife who is a great mother to our daughter, and a one-of-a-kind mother who set a good example for her children and always put family first.
Show them some love - you and the mothers in your life will be glad you did.
Bill Kohler is Tri-State editor of The Herald-Mail. He may be reached at 1-800-626-6397, ext. 2023, or by e-mail at email@example.com.