I Hate Mother’s Day

I don’t know if it was just this last weekend or even earlier, but I noticed it this weekend – I’m being swamped with ads for Mother’s Day.  They’re on television, on the internet, in my email.  It’s not that I hate mothers, I swear.  I just can’t take the pressure. 

A favorite photo of my mother, me, and my sisters. I was about three or four.

When my mother was  alive, we celebrated her – on Mother’s Day, on Father’s Day, on any day we could.

But the rampant commercialism that is typical of any holiday or day of celebration (Administrative Professionals’ Day, anyone?  I got about 20 emails for that one alone – it’s today, if you didn’t know) makes me crazy.  And a little bit sad. 

Not because I wish I could buy my mother tacky shit at the Hallmark Store – if I wanted to buy that shit, I could find some mother to receive it – but because of the implication that we should limit our appreciation to this one day.  And that our appreciation is enhanced by tacky shit.

What’s my point, you may ask?  Well, I’m not sure I have one, except hey, celebrate your mother.  Celebrate your father.  Celebrate all of your family – and friends.  And don’t wait for Hallmark to tell you how or when.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 13:53:58

    Thanks, Flora. Miss my mom, too and all this crap puts me in a bad mood. Ten years later and I still hide under the covers on MD with a bottle of wine. We did celebrate while both my parents were alive but missing them still takes over the day.

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  2. AirportsMadeSimple
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 08:20:11

    Hi Flora! I couldn’t agree more! It’s waaaay out of control. St. Patrick’s Day crap…done! On sale while Easter stuff is thrown out…until Mother’s Day!! Man, it never ends. Of course I agree with you: can’t we just honor and respect those we care about as often as possible?

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  3. Suzanne Demcisak
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 19:33:20

    Mothers’ Day originated as a day for mothers to engage in political activism — liberal and left activism, usually. That makes sense to me. And while I enjoy the fact that our family always spends Mothers’ Day together, I’m cynical about the holiday. Fathers’ Day gets almost no attention, and I think there is a reason for that; with mothers, we need to be able to point to a single day and say, “See, we value you!” to disguise the fact that all women — not just mothers — tend to get sternly judged for our parenting choices, most emphatically including the choice not to parent at all. Basically, there is no right choice for women where motherhood is concerned, and I’m not interested in a Hallmark card to pacify me about it.

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