Thanks to Sourcebooks, one lucky reader will win a copy of Gregory Lang’s Why a Daughter Needs a Mom coupon book. More on that later.
Well we all survived Mother’s Day. Survived might seem an inappropriate way to refer to the one day set aside to celebrate moms. After polling dozens of women, survived might be putting it lightly. When I asked if they had special plans, I got the same handful of answers.
1. I’m sure my family has something planned. I hope we don’t end up in some crowded restaurant.
2. I told my kids not to do anything. There’s nothing I want.
3. If I could just have a few hours to myself that would be the best gift in the world.
My response was closer to number two. My daughter is 17 months old; a little too young to go shopping or manage a card made of macaroni and glitter.
I asked my husband (again) not to do anything for me. He didn’t listen last year because someone convinced him that when a woman says she doesn’t want a Mother’s Day gift it’s the same as when she says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day. She is lying through her teeth.
This year my husband gave me not a card, not a flower, not a dinner. Save for a kiss on the cheek, he gave me nothing for Mother’s Day, and I was good with that. Come Father’s Day, I’ll do the same. Hey, he ain’t my daddy.
When I followed up with my friends to find out how their day went, their responses were lackluster at best and downright annoyed at worst. There were already wilting flowers, chocolates that were going to wreck their diet, brunches that were too crowded to be enjoyed, and unappealing jewelry that they felt obligated to wear.
These are not a bunch of negative, snarky women. They are regular and normal, with generally positive perspectives on life.
So why are so many women so blasé about Mother’s Day? Perhaps it is the commercialism and hustle and bustle of the day. Did you know that Mother’s Day founder Ana Jarvis was so disgusted by the commercialism of Mother’s Day that she spent the rest of her life trying to end the observance?
Maybe some moms lack excitement for Mother’s Day because they wish their families would show smaller doses of appreciation on a regular basis rather than one big blowout a year.
I suspect that many moms are just elbow deep in the job that is being a parent. Pausing for recognition seems like a distraction from the task at hand. I’d be curious to hear your take on it.
As promised, I will be giving away a copy of Gregory Lang’s Why a Daughter Needs a Mom coupon book. This is the gift you wish your daughter gave you for Mother’s Day; and that your mother wished you had given her. The book includes 22 ways to show mom just how much you care, such as making dinner, a tea party for two, and a day of laughter.
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Are you fond of Mother’s Day? Do you find that other moms in your circle are positive or negative about it? Do you exchange gifts with your spouse for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?