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Mother's Day

A holiday honoring mothers.

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Wish every day was Mother's Day!

  • May 7, 2009

Ah... Mother's Day. Moms get pampered, appreciated, and receive a multitude of gifts and flowers. What woman doesn't love flowers? It is nice to be a mom on Mother's Day. But the question is: "What about the other 364 days a year?!" This being my first year as a mother I can finally make my point and share a perspective that is rarely touched upon in regards to this holiday.

Every single one of us has a mother, we all have a different connection with that person who brought us into this world. Mother's Day, while a great idea, does not solve the issue of often distant or uninvolved relationships between the mother and her children or her spouse. Sure it is nice to be honored once a year, but what moms really crave is gratefulness that is evident every day! What consolation is it to a mother if her deviant and disrespectful child (no matter what age) shows up at her door with a bouquet one day out of the year, or even worse - sends her one via 1-800 Flowers?

Yes... to be a mother. Such joy, such pain. First you go through the ordeal of pushing that little bundle of joy out into the light (with no epidural for me!). Then you are guaranteed at least a month of no sleep and then many months of very little sleep. You get so excited when you get four consecutive hours, it is enough for a celebration with cupcakes! You might be all grown up now, but it was your mother who changed your diapers, fed you, caressed you when you were distressed and completely helpless. It is a mother's unconditional love that strengthens the bond of a family. So much is expected of a mother, yet so little she receives in return. All she asks for is a little of your time and your unconditional love in return, no matter how she might have messed up in raising you or how imperfect she is.

I am lucky to have a mother that I would wish for everyone to have. No, she isn't perfect. But it is her unconditional love that made me the person I am. Now that I am a mother, I have a glimpse into just how much she loves me. Only now can I fully appreciate all those homemade meals, clean laundry, and her precious time. So for those of you still living with your parents, enjoy it! Don't be in a hurry to get out, it is a mean tough world out there. Plus if your mother is still alive, take the time to thank her while she is still here. 

So, while honoring your mom on mothers day is wonderful, think about that odd week day in September when you can drop by with a box of cookies for a cup of tea. Or invite her over on a random frosty January day for dinner out and a hearty meal that she doesn't have to spend time preparing. If you don't live close, your phone call once a week or two is something she will look forward to. That bouquet, send it to her in February, not May. Make her feel special throughout the year, not just one day.

My mother and I My daughter and I

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March 14, 2010
Lucky you! :-) If I live with my mom for an extended period of time, I'll definitely be in psychiatric ward by now, LOL... oh, it's not that she's bad nor am I, we are just like water & oil, we don't mingle ;-)
March 15, 2010
Yes, it is different for everyone. I believe my sister and my mom together are like water and oil :) Same mom, different daughters!
March 15, 2010
Interesting, isn't it? The dynamics just change from person to person :-)
June 18, 2009
nice write up! I miss my mom (sniff sniff)
June 18, 2009
Aw, I'm sorry, did I make you cry? : [
May 10, 2009
Awww, this is such a sweet review! I love the picture of you and your mommy, and of you and your baby. Happy Mother's Day, Anastasia! :)
May 10, 2009
Thanks Debbie!
May 07, 2009
Great review! I'm glad that I let my most wonderful mom how much I love and appreciate her, otherwise your review would've made me feel guilty LOL. Also, I'm glad that I'm flying up to see her and that I'm in the position to pamper her for a weekend. I have to show your review to my boyfriend- whose family doesn't celebrate holidays so that I always have to force him to at least celebrate this one! Thanks! Ironically, this is how I feel all women should be treated and how I view relationships vs. Valentine's Day. You should show those that you love them on a random Tuesday with flowers you picked along the way...
May 07, 2009
Honestly, I don't celebrate many holidays either, I'm all for making every day a holiday! Agree with you on Valentine's Day too, and Father's Day, and etc....
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Regardless if you are one of those people who think holidays are nothing greater than a corporate concoction to sell greeting cards, or if you are one of those who embrace holidays such as Valentine's Day using the excuse to tell your sweetheart you love them- if you're a mom you most likely enjoy Mother's Day. I am a mother of two and I know I enjoy Mother's Day (well kind of). Let me explain in giving you the good, the bad, and my selfish predicament in regard to celebrating Mother's Day.   &n …
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The Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis, who began campaigning for a memorial day for women after the death of her mother. She succeeded in making it a nationally recognized holiday on May 8th, 1914, when the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mo s ther' Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers who had lost their sons in war.

The carnation flower has come to represent Mother's Day since they were delivered by Anna at one of its first celebrations. The carnation was her mother's favorite flower and came to be a symbol of the purity of a mother's love. The holiday is celebrated around the world on various days throughout the year. To this day, Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially-successful U.S. holidays, also serving as the most popular day of the year to dine out!

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