It wasn't actually Mother's day, but the eve of Mother's day. My wife received a phone call from Afghanistan, from our younger son. It was Sunday morning for him and he was getting ready to go to work. He usually doesn't have access to a phone. I suspect that even the Army has a heart and allowed use of Defense Department assets to allow deployed troops to talk to their mothers.
My son owns a 3 bedroom house in Junction City, KS. My son rents two of those rooms to other NCO's in his unit. They are both deployed to Afghanistan with my son. He sees one of them as they exchange duty shifts, twice a day. The other he is able to meet in the mess hall several times a week.
My son described his day as getting up, going for a run (he runs marathons and half marathons for fun), showering, etc., eating breakfast and reporting for duty. After duty, it is time for bed. 12 on and 12 off, 7 days a week, leaves little time for anything else.
My wife asked him if he ever went off base. He responded that people shoot at you if you do. He said that they left base only in armored vehicles. I'm not sure if that means that he does or doesn't leave base.
Anyway, the point is that he was able to call his mother on Mother's Day, and he put in the effort to do so.