If by chance, you're calendar ignorant, a head's up: Mother's Day is Sunday. In anticipation, we asked Arkansas Times staff and Facebook followers the worst Mother's Day present they'd ever given or received. Consider these cautionary tales, though many of those who wrote to us echoed what Bob Ketchum said below — it's impossible to give a bad Mother's Day gift because a mother's love is unconditional.
I had a five-year run of giving my mother Enya albums every year. I think my mom likes Enya, although in retrospect it’s fuzzy to me whether there was any evidence of such. “Orinoco Flow” perfectly captures what a 13-year-old boy thinks his mother would like. I wasn’t alone—Enya is now worth more than $150 million. I assume, but cannot confirm, that this is largely via crappy Mother’s day gifting. David Ramsey
Got a very tiny dried up dead lizard in a little box...... I still have it. Jamie Gibson
When I was about six I gave mom a very early morning Mother's Day breakfast in bed. I made liverwurst sandwiches. Somehow she managed to eat them. I am sure it was a chore at that time of the morning. I think it was around 5 am or so. Ardee Eichelmann
I once gave my mother an ash tray (I was 16). I just found it the other day! There are no "bad" MD gifts. A mother's love is unconditional. Bob Ketchum
I got a weed eater. And I already owned a weed eater. Amy Ruple Jordan