For Mother’s Day, I’m planning a brunch in my backyard for Mom and some family. I need flats to go with the simple sundress I’ll be wearing under my apron.  No thongs, please, as the shoes need to stay on my feet as I go back and forth to the kitchen. — Melinda

Manolo says, Ayyyy! The Dia De La Madre is only one week away! What are you going to do to honor that most special lady in your life, the mother?

Will you settle for the traditional bruncheon of the Artichoke Crab Legs Benedict at the Lobster of Redness?

Or will you attempt something more ambitious, such as doing the special celebratory meal with the family on your recently completed patio?

On the one hand, all-you-can-eat cheese biscuits.

On the other hand, have you made the hollandaise sauce from the scratch recently?  And do you have the number for poison control taped to the refrigerator?

Whatever the case, nothing says “I Love You, Mom,” quite like the Sunday brunch, unless it is for the giant, lace-bedecked greeting card with the endearingly floral scene on the outside and the finest rhyming doggerel about the long-suffering nobility of motherhood on the inside.

Here is the Maia Lush from Bernardo ($169, the cute flat sandal in the dove color, with the intriguing hook-and-eye details on the strap.

Mom would be proud of such a practical choice.