Tracey Davis, of Auburn Wash.: "We are as hard hit by the economic downturn as much as the next person. So, if I was to receive any gift for Mother's Day, I would like something akin to a relaxing day. Let me sleep in (without hollering at the kids to be quiet as this is counterproductive), make breakfast when I get hungry, (not 8 a.m.), take the kids out of the house for a little bit so I can have me time, and you make dinner (yes, that includes doing the dishes when you are finished)."
Carlene Orloff, of Cottage Grove, Minn.: "What I would love for Mother's Day is all my children and grandchildren to spend the day with me as they do every year. After the day with them I would love nothing more than to spend five minutes at least with my mama. She passed away six years ago."
Brenda Erwin, of Hurst, Texas, spent last Mother's Day fighting breast cancer.
"This year, my husband is delivering flowers through Mother's Day weekend to pick up a little extra cash. While I'm teaching first grade Sunday school, he will likely be delivering flowers on Sunday, too. My daughter will be at her job, decorating cookie cakes for Great American Cookie in the mall. So Mother's Day will likely be very non-celebratory because we are doing what we need to do.
"I don't want Hallmark cards or fancy bouquets of flowers. I don't want big boxes of chocolates or expensive dinners out. I'd just like for the energy and the time to actually clean my house and mop the kitchen floor."
Carolyn Cagle, of Asheville, N.C., said she doesn't want a foot or back message or dinner out.
"If it was all so possible, just to have my mother with me for just for an hour. I lost her 49 years ago. I had just turned a teenager and to this day she is greatly missed.
"But at least I will have wonderful memories. The next best thing … to have dinner with my son and listen to his all of dreams and hopes and the girls in his life."