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Dear Loving Family,

Mother’s Day this year comes at a hard economic time for our state. I would like to make a few inexpensive gift suggestions that would be perfect:

  1. If you see something empty, whether it be in the refrigerator or in the shower. Please throw it away. It would be greatly helpful for me to know what our family’s shopping needs are.
  2. A flushed toilet is so much more pleasant to see when one is in need of it.
  3. Speaking of which, when the toilet paper runs out, nothing would please me more to have the person who uses the last of the roll replace it with a new one.
  4. When towels are in need, use only one and hang it up immediately after. If the grime isn’t too much, it may be used again tomorrow, and less laundry means a happier earth.
  5. You may notice the dishes piled up in the sink? If you see this, it would be so helpful to do a load for dear old Mom. My chauffeur duties may have kept me from being able to keep up. If you are unable to because there is already a load in, would you be ever so kind as to unload it for me? That would be a treat that would make my heart soar.
  6. Trash is picked up every Monday morning. We do not need to only take it out Sunday night. I would be humbled to have you help take it out on a daily basis. That includes the cat litter.
  7. When going in and out of the house, please wipe your shoes or better yet, remove them. The floors (and my smile) will shine like never before.
  8. Note specific to dog: You are the only male dog in this house. Please give me one day free of marking your territory. It’s yours. We know.
  9. If I happen to hand you your folded laundry and ask you to walk from the laundry room to your room and put it up, please don’t throw it down somewhere in between. You would give me joy to place it directly in your designated drawers, and you would be amazed that you actually do have clothes.
  10. When we go to church, it would thrill me to have each of you dressed appropriately to worship our Lord. This means no jeans, t-shirts, or ratty tennis shoes. No, we shouldn’t be judged upon our looks, but humor your mother by allowing her the delusion that her kids can clean up nice every now and then.
  11. Anything homemade will definitely bring tears of happiness to my eyes. If you need to use my scissors, they belong in the bin in the kitchen.
  12. Last but not least, being your Mother is the most amazing gift I have ever received. Each of you are a blessing from God. But remember: “Cursed is anyone who dishonors their…..mother” (Deuteronomy 27:16).