As many of you know, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you weren’t aware of that, you’re welcome, now go get your mom some flowers and you can come back and finish reading this later. For those of you still here, I wanted to take a bit of time to focus on mothers and I thought I’d do that by asking my mother a few questions.

As a bit of background, I am the oldest of five sons and, against all odds, after surviving five sons my mother is still quite sane. So I put together some questions to get her unique perspective.

What was your favorite part of raising a large family?

There was never a dull moment. There was always life and activity in the house, and you and your brothers always had playmates, even when your friends were busy.

What advice would you give to new and future mothers?

There is never a break, motherhood is constant. Even when you have a baby-sitter, you’re still worried.

To you, how has the family changed now that we kids are grown up?

It’s fun to see everyone as the adults they have become, you know, how you have changed and how you’re still the same kids underneath. I also love that I get to have fun with you guys and I don’t have to be the disciplinarian any more…well, most of the time.

Here’s the important one. Why am I your favorite son?

Probably because you were the practice child. Plus you’re tall, so that’s helpful. (She may have been kidding)

As you might have guessed, my family likes to keep things light and fun. I’m very thankful for both of my parents, but you have to hand it to my mom for dealing with 6 men including my father for as long as she has. So don’t forget to call or go see your mother. I know she’d probably like it. Plus, she’s worried sick. Are you getting enough to eat? Do you still hang around with those kids she doesn’t approve of? When is she getting grand-kids?

Happy Mother’s day mom, thanks for everything.