Hey, Mom. It's your day. Just name the place and we're there.
Sure, some moms might be tempted by any one of those exotic destinations, but not "baseball moms."
No need to take on all the expense and hassle of overseas travel when you can head over to John Thurman Field, home of the Modesto Nuts, and watch a minor league baseball game.
"It doesn't matter what day it is," said Jeanette Meyer, "we're always here."
The 68-year-old Modesto mother of two grown children was among the baseball moms and grandmoms who spent Sunday with the Nuts.
Meyer said her family has held season tickets since 1997.
"They were still the A's back then," she said. "We've been here on Easter, why not Mother's Day?"
Karen Johnson, another Thurman Field regular, nodded in agreement.
"We come out here all the time," she said. "I think it's the perfect way to spend Mother's Day."
Meyer and Johnson were not alone.
Plenty of other moms were scattered throughout the stands on Sunday, many with young children and husbands in tow.
Brenda McDonald of Modesto said it was her idea to bring the family to the ballpark for Mother's Day.
McDonald's 6-year-old son, Anthony, has taken up the game himself.
So, after Anthony, sister Bryanne, 8, and husband, Tim, made her a special Mother's Day breakfast, McDonald said they headed for Thurman Field.
McDonald's mother, Hazel Flora, joined them, making it a mother-daughter event, as well.
Last year, McDonald said, the family came out for a Father's Day game.
"Now that Anthony is playing," McDonald said, "he understands more about the game and will sit and watch it. I just thought it would be something fun to do today."
The crowd was small as the game got under way shortly after 1 p.m., but what it lacked in size it more than made for in enthusiasm.
But don't get the wrong idea.
We're talking good, clean, wholesome enthusiasm, the kind of family-oriented fare one would expect on Mother's Day.
Even grizzled hecklers, who delight in hurling invective at the home-plate umpire, seemed more polite than usual.
"C'mon blue," said one gentleman, perhaps mindful of the young family seated nearby, "how about using your other eye?"
McDonald, Meyer and the other moms who spoke with The Bee said they rarely, if ever, encounter problems at the ballpark.
"We meet some really nice people here," she said. "It's nice making new friends and seeing all the old ones, too."
Patricia Juline, 76, who takes tickets at one of Thurman Field's gates, was at her regular work station Sunday and said she had no problem working on Mother's Day.
"I've been taking tickets here for 15 years," she said. "But I did go out to breakfast this morning for Mother's Day. My son, Timothy Root, took me."
Juline said she'd rather be working at the ballpark than home watching television.
"Well, I probably wouldn't be doing that, either," she said. "I've got a lot of flowers I like to tend to. But it's fun being here and seeing the people. You get to know a lot of people."
Bee staff writer Mike Mooney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2384.