It’s the last Sunday in April, and you know what that means — Mother’s Day season is upon us (although, according to most stores it has been going strong since the day after Easter). Mother’s Day is a tricky holiday.
On one hand, we, meaning those of us with mothers, are encouraged (read, required) to show Mom some love, which she totally deserves. In fact, she deserves it every day, not just the second Sunday in May (Mother’s Day is May 13). Gifts for Mother’s Day can be as easy as a phone call, flowers, or, if you are lucky enough to live close to your mother, brunch and/or other fun activities. Presents on Mother’s Day can be as simple as presence on Mother’s Day. See what I did there?
Treating Mom right on Mother’s Day isn’t the tricky part.
What makes Mother’s Day a little harder is that Mom isn’t the only mom in our lives. Since you are reading Dadding I’m going to assume you have children, and chances are those kids have a mom (I use the term wife/wives going forward, but apply to your own situation as needed). She deserves attention on Mother’s Day, too.
I wrote an article a couple of years ago suggesting that men shouldn’t buy their wives gifts on Mother’s Day because it seemed kind of creepy — like lines were being crossed in the way men view their wives and mothers. I still think that’s creepy. However, I do believe in showing my wife that I appreciate her role as a mother, and I support my kids doing everything they can to show her their love and gratitude (by “support” I mean both in spirit and financially).
Therein lies the rub, how do we celebrate all of the mothers that we know with just one Sunday allotted to do so? Wives, moms, stepmothers, mother-in-laws, grandmas, the list goes on and on, and each of them deserve our full attention. Perhaps we should make Mother’s Day a monthly affair rather than an annual occasion, then everybody wins, but especially Hallmark.
What do you think? How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?
Whit Honea can be found writing about whatever he feels like at his personal site Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony) and DadCentric. If you’re really bored you can follow him on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).
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