As a child, Mother's Day was one of my favourite times of the year. Yeah I know, what a suck up. Such a mummy's boy, right?!

Wrong. I loved Father's Day too. I was not discriminatory in my sucking up.

When it boils down to it, I just like to see the reaction of someone when I do something nice for them.

It's kind of the purest form of gratitude, right; a parent's happiness brought about by an action of their child.


Turns out I took that too far and made a career out of it. I give things away on air to mums basically on a daily basis! Then when you throw in the fact I'm a celebrant ... What does that do too? Make mums happy. Lots of mums. To the point of tears!

As I'm writing this I'm having a sickening epiphany of how much of a suck up my entire life has been! Ah well, stick to what you know if it makes you happy I say.

When I asked my sister, who is a mum of two boys (3 and 18 months), what her plans for Mother's Day were and her thoughts on it, she said: "We have no plans. My thoughts are ... someone bring me breakfast in bed and let me have a nap."

That's the point really, isn't it? To do something a little special or different or caring for the person who raised you, or an awesome mum/motherly figure in your life.

I was in full suck up kid mode when I was 9. My mother cut my hair. Clearly with a bowl as a guide. And I loved it.

Mum loved little glass/crystal ornaments. At about 9 I went on a school field trip to a glass blowing factory and I spent all the money I had left on a glass ornament for her.

A whale. A glass whale. It was hideous. Not only badly made, but also was I telling her to lose weight or something?

Like where was my head at? She'd never shown interest in sea creature in her life!
But she loved it.

Outwardly at least.

She made me feel great about having 'spoilt' her like that and I felt like the best kid in the world!

No one else, but a person who raised you, has the ability to make you feel like that.

So treat your mum tomorrow if you can.

Dare you to buy her a glass whale.

• Will Johnston is the local 9am-3pm host for The Hits Bay of Plenty 95FM. He's also a celebrant and MC. Follow Will on Instagram on @radiowill.