We need to really mark our calendars, mothers of the world! Why settle for just one day when every time zone seems to celebrate on another day. I say we draw on our ancestry and lay claim to a few more Mother’s Days for ourselves!
Given my antecedents, it looks like I should demand not only a US Mother’s Day but the one in the UK as my father’s ancestors immigrated from there which would give me a celebration on the Fourth Sunday in Lent. I’m claiming Canada as my husband’s ancestors come from there as he should go along with the traditions they hold, right. Sure it falls on the same day as the US Mother’s Day but I think I would accept double the flowers and candy. My background is German so that fills in the first Sunday in May for special treatment. And, red hair usually indicates some Scottish and/or Irish heritage so double the celebrations on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
When I was growing up, I remember several very sad Mother’s Days for my mother. My dad not only considered it a commercial holiday but that SHE wasn’t HIS mother so . . . I’m here to tell you that any husband that takes that view of the holiday isn’t appreciating his wife enough either through ignorance or a warped sense of responsibility. I hear this from other mothers all too often and that is hurtful and a shame.
Fine, the husband doesn’t consider it his place to gift his wife with a card or flowers on Mother’s Day. Well, she is still the mother of his children so why isn’t he taking said children out shopping for a few thoughtful goodies for THEIR mother? Besides making his wife feel appreciated, he would be teaching his children a life lesson on respect, kindness and love. And, you have to wonder if the husband hasn’t been enjoying treats and cards on Father’s Day orchestrated by his wife. Something to think about!
Yes, Mother’s Day is a huge day for florists, candy stores, and shops. Just the line up of frantic men with bouquets at Costco reflects that some husbands may forget and then rush to make it up. Yes, the commercial side of our lives makes a bundle on the holiday but there are a lot of mothers in our world. Supply and demand, don’t you know!
Basically, treating your wife as something special every day of the year is a hallmark of an appreciative husband but increasing the love and consideration on this ‘commercial’ holiday is a major culmination of all your appreciation this one Sunday in May. There is no commercial side in the one-to-one gifting to a wife on Mother’s Day. It is also a memory for the children so they remember on their own as they grow older that mothers work hard for them and are thrilled with a bit of thoughtfulness. Think about it . . . What would Jesus do?
”I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life”- Abraham Lincoln
What is a mother? Who shall answer this?
A mother is a font and spring of life,
A mother is a forest in whose heart
Lies hid a secret ancient as the hills,
For men to claim and take its wealth away;
And like the forest shall her wealth renew
And give and give again, that men may life.
Cardinal Spellman: Mary, Mother of Mankind (20th century)
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln
“God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, a gauntlet with a gift in it.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Don’t forget Mother’s Day. Or, as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad’s Third Wife Day.”
“In our house, Mother’s Day is every day. Father’s Day, too. In our house, parents count. They do important work and that work matters. One day just doesn’t cut it for us.” Margaret Heffernan
“The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” William Goldsmith Brown
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Honore de Balzac
“Of all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all.”
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:10-12