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The very best for Mom

By Michael Davis

You'll put your eye out. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Don't make that face, it'll freeze like that. The last pearl of wisdom might be considered an old wives tale, but Sunday, Moms across the area will have their day.

Sunday is Mother's Day?a time for flowers, candy and showing mom how much she means.

Betty Robinson, a Jonesboro mother of one, plans to spend her Mother's Day with her own mother, 73-year-old Geneva. Betty, 44, and her 15-year-old daughter, she said, will pass the day in a traditional way, preparing dinner and visiting with family.

"My sister and her family will be coming too," Betty Robinson said. "All of us get together and help with dinner."

Friday morning, 29-year-old Angela Kennedy received an early Mother's Day present in the form of her second child, Xion. He was born at 2:02 a.m. at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

"He's three weeks early so that was a nice gift," Kennedy said.

Xion's birth however, interrupted Kennedy's own search for the perfect Mother's Day present for her mom.

"I was really meaning yesterday to get some cards and get on the Internet and get something," she said. "Now I'm going to be in a rush."

Kim Baldwin is thankful to even be a mom. The 31-year-old McDonough resident says that her age, anybody's lucky to have beautiful, healthy children.

"During both of my pregnancies, two of my very good friends lost babies," Baldwin said.

Mother's Day, she said, "Just makes me sit down and appreciate what I have."

Baldwin's 22-month-old daughter Bailey, gave her a Mother's Day card last year, with a little assistance from her dad. "My husband got me a card from her, and I got one from the cat," she said.

A member of the McDonough-East Moms Club, Baldwin is expecting another child in July. "To me, I think Mother's Day is more special because I'm older and I have kids," she said.

Karla Scarzafava and her husband waited eight years to begin having children. She said she felt left out at a church meeting that included an event for mothers only. "I said ?next year, I'm going to be a mom,'" she said.

A month later, she was pregnant with her first child, Kylie, now 3 years old.

She remembers her first Mother's Day. "My own mother had died the year before, so my husband tried to make it really nice," she said.

Though she's not expecting anything special this Mother's Day, she appreciates joint gifts from her husband and daughter. "Things that he takes the time to do with her," are special, she said.

Mother's Day was officially declared a holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, though mothers have had their own day for celebrated in different forms throughout history.

In ancient Greece, Rhea, the mother of the gods was honored. In England, Mothering Sunday was celebrated during the 17th Century with a special cake called a Mothering Cake.

In 1908, a West Virginia woman, Ana Jarvis, began a push to have the second Sunday in May set aside as Mother's Day nationally, an effort cemented with Wilson's proclamation.