My solution: Take mom out to lunch the FOLLOWING week. Some of my friends tell me NO- you can't just MOVE Mothers day- what are you--- The Master of Space and Time? The key is that my mom AGREES with me and in fact raised me with these values: (1) Never do X when everyone else is doing X, its too crowed, and (2) Learn the polynomial VDW theorem.
While this solution may work for me, it may not work for everyone. Here are some options to alleviate the restaurant crunch:
- Declare the second WEEKEND in May to be MOTHERS WEEKEND. People take their moms out to lunch SATURDAY or SUNDAY. This would split the restaurant load in half.
- Declare May MOTHERS MONTH. People take their moms out to lunch ONE Sunday in May. This would split the restaurant load by 4.
- Declare May MOTHERS MONTH. People take their moms out to lunch ONE Saturday OR Sunday in May. This would split the restaurant load by 8.
- Declare May MOTHERS MONTH. People take their moms out to breakfast OR lunch OR Dinner ONE Saturday OR Sunday in May. This would split the restaurant load by 24.
- The last day of April have mom either (depending on which of the above schemes) flip a coin, role a 4-sided die, or role an 8-sided die or role two 12-sided dice to determine which day to be taken to lunch. Fortunately, due to the Dungeons-and-Dragons craze that girls got into about 40 years ago, most mothers have these dice. But in case she does not, here is a nice MATH PROBLEM (I am sure already solved): USE fair coins and fair 6-sided dice to simulate other random choices fairly. In our case 4-sided, 8-sided, and 24-sided. Which random choice can be simulated? Which can't?
- Say we do the Saturday/Sunday/breakfast/lunch/dinner solution. Everyone with last name beginning with A goes to breakfast on the first Saturday. Everyone with last name beginning with B goes to lunch on the first Saturday. etc. There are only 24 lunches and 26 letters, so merge P and Q, and merge Y and Z.
However, the entire tradition of taking mom out to lunch on mothers day may fade. The origin is that mom cooks for the family most days, so this ONE day they take her out. Nice! But more and more households share responsibilities (NOTE- I have no facts or stats to back this up but it has a certain truthiness about it) hence the notion of taking mom out to lunch may seem more and more odd over time. Then again, its still nice being taken out to lunch.