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Mother's Day
Phone home

Call your mother!

As Mother's Day approaches, some advice on melting Mom's heart

(CNN) -- Reminder: Don't forget to phone home on Mother's Day. You won't be alone.

A recent Powertel study claims that 86 percent of those surveyed expect to place a call to their moms, and at least 25 percent expect to chat at least 30 minutes to an hour or longer.

The study underscores the importance of the telephone in our relationship with Mom. Nearly 45 percent say the phone is a necessity; almost 40 percent say the phone is a lifeline between Mom and her offspring.

But Mother's Day can be uncomfortable for some because it brings up a different type of dialogue between mothers and their children. Let's face it: It's hard for some people to come right out and tell Mom they love her, they respect everything she's done for them, they are eternally grateful for the life she gave them.

CNN Interactive wants to help. We've put together a few scripts for those who want to tell Mom how much she means but can't muster the words. They're split into three categories: those who talk to Mom all the time (Hey Ma!), those who sometimes forget to call Mom (Hi Mom!), and those lonely souls who can't remember the last time they talked to Mom (Hello Mother.).

Look over the scripts, find the one that speaks for you, and pick up the phone. If you don't have her phone number memorized, we can't help you there.

Good luck!

Hey Ma!

Happy Mother's Day! I know we talk almost every day, but I just wanted to take this time to let you know how thankful I am for all that you've done for me. I'm not kidding! I was thinking the other day ... remember when we used to (insert pleasant childhood memory here)? That was fun. Maybe we can do that again sometime. I hope that I can do that for my children. I hope I can be half the parent that you've been to me. You're the best, Mom. I'm not kidding! Quit crying, Ma!

Hi Mom!

Happy Mother's Day! Yes, I know I haven't called recently. I've been (insert legitimate excuse here). But you know what I was thinking? I'm going to start researching our family history, and the person I want to start with is YOU. It'll be perfect. Every so often, I'll take you out to dinner at (name her favorite restaurant), and we can work on your legacy. I can ask you questions about your life, your goals, your dreams, who you used to be before I came along. I want to start with you because you, Mom, are the person that put me on this planet. It's the least I can do in return. It'll be great. Quit crying, Mom.

Hello Mother.

It's me, your (son, daughter), (insert name here). How are you? Why am I calling? I'm calling because ... because you're my mother and I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. No, I don't have the wrong number. It's really me. The same ol' me that used to act so rebellious as a teen, the one who (insert not-so-pleasant teen-age memory here). The one who couldn't wait to get out of the house. Yes, it really is me. I'm calling because ... (deep breath here) ... because I've gotten a little older and now I understand all you did for me. All the love and support. I took it for granted, I admit. But I don't want to take it for granted anymore. I'm not kidding. It really is me. Why don't we go to dinner the next time I'm in town? Please quit crying, Mother.


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