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.
Well, let's face it... mom's do work hard and we do most definitely deserve a day to be pampered and appreciated. Even if it's forced appreciation-- we'll take it. I mean kids wouldn't brush their teeth if we didn't require it and most men wouldn't call their grandmothers either, but we make them and they do, right? So it is only fitting that a day to honor your mother be mandated. Honoring your mother is good. Being honored (if you are a mother) is good too. I love to be served a meal in which I did not plan, prepare, and plate. I also like the freedom of not cleaning the kitchen, washing the clothes, or running the daily schedule. I rather enjoy being pampered, waited on, and showered with handmade cards and fresh floral bouquets. Those things are all good. But we can't ever really get off the hook from doing things, not even for one measly day a year. Why? Because we too, most likely, have a mother. Which leads me to:
Don't get me wrong, I love my mother- as I am sure you do. My mother is a rock star and certainly deserves to be honored and pampered as well. After all- she raised me, cared for me, provided for me, and now gladly watches her grandchildren at the drop of a hat. So yes, she indeed deserves to have a wonderful Mother's Day. But why does it have to be on my Mother's Day?!
See my selfish predicament?
Of course we want our mandated day to relax. No running around, no making others happy. But we just can't get that lucky. Because we also need to make sure we plan and execute a wonderful Mother's Day for our moms. Oh and let's be honest, we are also planning Mother's Day for our Mother in law too.
The answer? I am approaching my 9th Mother's day and after pondering how to solve my selfish predicament I may have finally come to a conclusion. We just need to make Mother's Day.... Mother's Weekend. I'll take Saturday, and my mom and his mom can have Sunday. Think it will catch on?
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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!