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Happy Mother's Day! (You didn't forget, did you?)

Ah, Mother's Day. The one day we set aside each year to recognize the incredible sacrifices our mothers have made for us...and to apologize for all of the grief we gave them along the way. Wait a minute.... You didn't forget that today is Mother's Day, did you?

OK, don't panic. It's not too late to show her you care. Forget the last-minute bouquet (she'll know it came from the gas station down the street — mother's intuition) and instead try one of these thoughtful, unique, and incredibly last-minute ways to say: "Thanks for everything you do, Mom!"

1. Write a heartfelt letter.

Cynics may see this as the "Oops, I forgot about Mother's Day until five minutes ago!" confession that it is. But whether written by a 4-year-old or a 40-year-old, this sincere display of affection is guaranteed to melt a mother's heart...even if it doesn't get you completely off the hook for forgetting her special day.

Alternative: Not one for words? Try a haiku:

Mom — kind, forgiving.
(Broke that antique vase, sorry.)
Happy Mother's Day!

2. Serve breakfast in bed.

Rise and shine, Mom! Start her day off right with a serving of French toast, a bowl of fresh fruit and granola, or (for the kitchen-challenged) toast-and-jam with a tall glass of OJ. It doesn't have to be fancy for her to get the message. (So unless your name is "Emeril," you can forget the soufflé.)

Extra Credit: Keep the good will flowing, and clean the kitchen when you're done.

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TN.com Awesome Mom Contest: We have a winner!

Congratulations, Marilyn!

The entire team would like to congratulate Marilyn for placing the winning entry. She inspired us with the remembrance of her mother, and made us dab our eyes when she nominated her daughter as the 2012 TN.com Awesome Mom!

Marilyn, check your email... We'll be in touch with details collecting your "Awesome" prize: a $50 TicketNetwork gift card, and a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Code.

Of course, all the awesome stories of awesome moms made this contest a tough one to judge.

When the TN Team planned this Mother's Day contest, we weren't sure what type of responses to expect. But we were blown away by the number of touching (and occasionally hilarious) stories you shared.

Our Favorite Entries

• "She always cared about others and showed me no matter what, you never give up and always, always keep Faith, Love for others, and Humor." — Diane B.

• "My Mom is no longer with me but she left me a legacy of giving and caring. ... As a mother and grandmother myself, I try to live the way she did. Therefore, I would like to nominate my daughter." — Marilyn

• "Being a mom isn't an easy job and ANY mom deserves to be praised.... It's a job we have for the rest of our lives — and hopefully we'll do it well enough to leave an impression on those we've chosen to bring into this world." — Diane R.

• "She is my best friend and I pray that I can become the mother to my 2 boys that she has been to me throughout my life." — Barbara

And who could forget this one?

• "Despite her emotional shortcomings and terrifying pitch black shiny eyes, she has taught me a lot about gravity-wave propulsion, mineral acquisition on gas-based moons and cattle mutilation." — an interplanetary reader

Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories with us. (You can read the entries here.) Each entry was truly memorable in its own way, and we wish you and your families a very happy Mother's Day!

TN.mom Memories: Allison's Story

All this week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Mother's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their mothers. To share your own story and enter for a chance to win $75 in assorted gift cards, head over to the TN.com Awesome Mom Contest blog entry. But hurry — the contest closes tonight, May 10, at 11:59 p.m. EDT!

My Memory

I've been to a lot of spectacular events with my mom over the years — from seeing Les Misérables on Broadway, to catching Paul McCartney in concert at Fenway Park. But the one that sticks out most in my memory is probably also the first event we ever attended together.

Having the circus come to town is maybe the most exciting thing that can happen when you're only four years old. And so it was for me. My mother bought seats close to the ring, so my brother and I could wonder at the enormity of the elephants and laugh at the hilarity of the clowns. And I did laugh — at least until the clowns stepped out of the ring and in to the audience.

I'm not proud about wailing in terror as the clowns approached our seats, but that's what happened. Luckily, Mom was there to shield me (and maybe laugh at me a little) until the clowns returned to the confines of the ring, and I returned to my blissful enjoyment of the show.

Luckily, our more recent outings together have been every bit as memorable for us — but a lot less nerve-wracking for my mom!

My Mother Recommends:

Les Misérables [View tickets]
• The circus [View tickets]

...for non-stop theatrics!

TN.mom Memories: Liz's Story

All this week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Mother's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their mothers. To share your own story and enter for a chance to win $75 in assorted gift cards, head over to the TN.com Awesome Mom Contest blog entry.

My Memory

Last year, I treated my mom to a day of theater in NYC, since she’d never been to a Broadway show before. We took a tour of Radio City Music Hall, then caught a matinee of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe, and then returned to Radio City for Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana.

It was such a great day, and my mom loved all of the mother-daughter time, not to mention the amazing shows she got to see. Definitely one of my best memories of my mom.

My Mother Recommends:

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [View tickets]
• Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana [View tickets]

...for a day in the city!

TN.mom Memories: Erin's Story

All this week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Mother's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their mothers. To share your own story and enter for a chance to win $75 in assorted gift cards, head over to the TN.com Awesome Mom Contest blog entry.

My Memory

Growing up, I was more of a "wild child," so getting me to sit still at an event for one or two hours wasn't really an option for my poor mother.

Though we don't have any memories of going to concerts or sporting events together when I was a child, I do have TONS of memories of my mom bringing me to The Lutz Museum, a local children's museum, and Wickham Park, an amazing park in my hometown that includes multiple playscapes, trails, and even a small zoo.

Now that I've grown up and I can handle sitting still (most of the time), my mom and I have a great time seeing productions such as Wicked and Cirque du Soleil when they are playing in our area! We love to have girls' nights, where we can grab dinner out and then go see a show.

See, it's never too late to start going to the theater with your mom! I can't wait for our next adventure — we want to see Blue Man Group!

My Mother Recommends:

Wicked [View tickets]
• Cirque du Soleil [View tickets]
• Blue Man Group [View tickets]

...for striking visuals and music!

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