Happy Mother’s Day!

I have to confess that I couldn’t care less about Mother’s Day.  For me, every day is Mother’s Day:  I wake the children, feed the children, ferry the children, educate the children, clean up after the children, nurture the children, cuddle the children, etc.  When they’re not grumpy, they reward me in real time with kisses and thanks.

I know I’m a curmudgeon.  For those amongst you who, in a non-curmudgeonly way, value this day, you have my most sincere wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day!

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  • jj

    Well, speaking of curmudgeonly behavior, we spent the late morning and first half hour of the afternoon shooting.  Mama shot good, she’s really on top of the little bedside table Smith, and spent most of the session in the black.  So Happy Mother’s Day!  (A short note, now I have 3 .38s, 2 .357s, and a .40 to clean…)

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    My Mom always said that what counts is everyday, not primarily holidays.
    Still….I have always acknowledged her on Mother’s Day (as well as everyday), and I know she appreciates it.  This year, I sent her a big bouquet of flowers Rush was advertising (Yes, it was only $19.95, but they charged me $10 shipping – NOT for Mother’s Day, either – and another couple of bucks for something….grrrrr.  Still, Mom’s worth a lot more to me than $32.00), and as soon as it arrived, she called me on the phone.  I got to chat for an hour with my still with-it (off and on) 88-year old Mom.  It was a delight.
    Anyhow, BW….I’d say be a little circumspect about the curmudgeonly stuff around the kids.  The day is coming, soon enough, when you’ll be quite appreciative of their reaching out to you….even if it happens to be Mother’s Day!  Even as you don’t want them to acknowledge Mom’s Day out of a sense of guilt, you don’t want them to ignore it because of your witness in their childhood.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I’m with Earl on this one. When your kids are living far away, Mother’s Day will mean quite a bit more to you.

  • suek

    I agree that it’s good to have the kids call…but we stay pretty in touch anyway. If they don’t call me, I call them. My Iraq son called Friday…he’ll be back stateside before too long. It was good to hear from him – he communicates with his wife with Skype, but we haven’t really had that option till recently. Even then, it’s on Hubby’s computer – not mine. Communication has been very limited.

    On the other hand, you have to hand it to Hallmark…they’ve succeeded in guilting us into a card sending event virtually every month of the year. Only August and September don’t have a “Have you sent your xxxx a card yet?” occasion – and they’ve even started working on Grandparent’s Day …in September, I think? If they succeed with that one over the next few years, they will have insured an income stream for the entire year.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Oh, Suek!!  Dollar Tree is your friend — perfectly nice cards for all occasions are 2/$1.00.
    Hallmark hasn’t had any money from me in YEARS (maybe decades!).

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Which reminds me — I always get TWO cards.  The first one I send is a funny one — in honor of Dad, who had a whole binder filled with cards, all funny.  Then I send a serious one, in which I write a note.
    Mom was always big on letters, and we exchanged MANY when she was younger (come to think of it, so was I).   When she got a computer, she loved e-mailing, and we did that a LOT, too.  About 18 months ago, her feebleness increased so she didn’t go up the stairs to where her computer was on the library desk….so in June I’m taking her an iPad2 that my brother and I bought for her to do Facetime with all of us….we’re all mostly Mac at this point.

  • http://ritestuff.blogspot.com/ Karl

    I suspect Dennis Prager says the same thing about Mother’s Day that he says about Valentine’s Day — the fact that it’s one day, set aside by a third party for what may or may not be the most noble of reasons, does not make acknowledging it any less important.
    And so I called my mom today.
    My girlfriend’s parents are both dead, so she was feeling rather depressed.  (She obviously thinks it’s important.) So I made my call while we were together, and “let her borrow my mom for a while”.  It helped.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    For a REALLY feel-good story that Karl reminded me of….check out the last page of the most recent Sports Illustrated!
    It’s the one that came in the mail last Thursday…and “borrowing a Mom” will take on whole new meaning when you read that column!


    My mom died last mother’s day. While I’ve never been a big fan of the ‘holiday’ I was sorely aware that this year it was no longer an option to buy a card, make a phone call or visit.
    Will the Circle be Unbroken.


  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    My Daddy died on Mother’s Day in 2008, Sadie.  My condolences on your loss.
    I suppose that ought to darken the day for us, but it hasn’t, somehow.  We had a magical last week with him – he held on until my brother and my son arrived (the girls live right there), and he was lucid on and off the whole time, so that we all interacted and “said goodbye”, although not directly….it was just understood as we rehearsed the old jokes and held hands, etc.
    I hope and pray that it can be this way for you.  G*d bless.


    Thanks, Earl. Didn’t mean to dampen the day for anyone. It’s just one of those weeks, since my mom’s birthday is also this week.
    I am glad to hear that your family gathered together for strength. My brother was unable to ‘deal’ with it and lives out of town – actually, I think he lives on another planet most of the time, although he did call me on Mother’s Day … he’s at his best at a distance.
    Again, thanks.