"Everyone is all grown up now. We're thousands of miles apart. I guess it's silly to a lot of people, but since their dad died in 1989, the three of us have become really close. We still are, but we never really get to be together anymore. Everyone has their jobs, and in my daughter's case, two jobs. I would love for the three of us to be together for the day. They'll call, and that's great, but I miss us all being together. I would also love to know that my daughter won't lose her house."
Jessica Tschirhart, of Gloucester Va.: "I don't really see the point of this day. I love my family and they love me. But they give me things anyway and I enjoy it. Things are hard right now and I'd like to go see the new 'Star Trek' movie with my husband, eat at my mom-in-law's."
Maria D.Castillo, of Deer Park, Texas: "I think a single, hard-working full-time mother should get a good pair of diamond earrings. These will last forever and will also remind her how she's appreciated as she wears them."
Linda Crews, of Muscatine, Iowa: "I tell my children not to spend their money on me, but they always do. So I tell them I just want flowers to plant in my garden pots. That way I have something to enjoy all summer long."
Heidi McCabe, of Rockville Centre, N.Y.: "I'd like a lot of things I'd feel guilty buying myself, like a BlackBerry phone, spa treatment of some kind, even breast augmentation. However, the one thing that tops all the lists is time … alone, that is. What I wouldn't give to have a few days all to myself in our own home. How great it would be to wake up in my bed whenever I want; have that cup of coffee without nuking it 15 times before I finish it; browse through the weekend circulars in the paper on our back porch; take my time showering and getting dressed; schedule a random lunch/coffee with a friend in town; even browse through a few local stores at my own pace without a deadline about when I have to be home; spend hours on the Internet; fix myself something to eat and drink … not in a sippy cup; read something; do anything; do nothing! It would be amazing!"
Madeline Elliott, of Pleasant Hill, Calif.: "I think the best gift to give to a mom is to send a donation to all moms out there who've been through tough times with their family. I feel for them. I'm a struggling single mom who doesn't have a lot, but I have been very blessed and fortunate enough to have a job and keep my place with my two teenagers."
Kathy Widner, of Martinez, Calif., asks for one thing: no laundry for a month.
"That would be my ultimate gift. I feel like I spend every weekend doing laundry. We are also trying to be green and are trying to save money so I get up early so I can get things hung up on the line."
Raquel L Gitch, of Sumner, Iowa: "I want the gift that you're not supposed to get for Mother's Day -- a vacuum. With two dogs and four children and with summer just around the corner my carpet will be infused with dog hair and mulch from the flower beds. I've gone through so many vacuums and none have lasted or have managed to get the dog hair out of the fibers of the carpet."
Sandy Crain, of Spearfish, S.D.: "No gifts, just to spend time with my 7-year-old son and laugh at his silly jokes and stories."