Whether assembling breakfast in bed or cooking an extravagant dinner, our thoughtful gestures on Mother’s Day can sometimes lead to more disasters, disappointments and coffee stains on pillows than mothers typically admit.
My mother, who wakes up every morning at 4 a.m. to exercise, has made it clear to my sister and me for decades what she will and won’t tolerate on the holiday.
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“Having breakfast in bed on Mother's Day would be absolute torture for me, as it would require me to stay in bed wide awake for four to five hours, legs twitching, starving, dying for caffeine, thinking about all the things I could be doing,” she told me recently.