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April 2011

Happy Mother's Day - Already?

Hey – we haven’t even finished off the last chocolate bunny or marshmallow chick – and it’s time to think about what goodies to give our mothers on their special day. . . . . next weekend!  Time hasn’t just flown, it’s done so on a supersonic jet! 
Okay, we’ve known somewhere in the back of our minds that it was coming, and soon.  But practically piggybacking on top of Easter? 
Well, apparently, yes. 
So let’s shift gears from baskets filled with candy to boxes of candy. Or flowers, jewelry, brunch, dinner or other “mom” favorites to be lovingly shared.  And when you think about it, aren’t we actually lucky to have so many gift choices, as well as the media, to help us celebrate Mom?  No, I’m not being facetious; I really don’t mind the so called “commercialism” of Mother’s Day.
I understand the concern many people have about holidays becoming too commercial, and that the original or true meaning of the celebration will be lost in the interest of financial gain.  Even Anna Jarvis, the woman most often credited with having Mother’s Day recognized as an official holiday, was ultimately enraged by the commercialism of the day.  She was quoted as saying, “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit."  
By the way, one acceptable definition of commercial is “suitable or fit for a wide, popular market.”  I’d like to think that celebrating mothers is popular with a wide market, since - Hello! - we’ve all had mothers at some point in our lives.
If we want to really show our mother how much we appreciate and love her, of course we can do that any day of the year.  But there is also camaraderie in knowing there is one special day in which your mom is sharing these sentiments with mothers everywhere.  And let’s face it, most of us probably don’t show our mothers how much we care for them often enough. So, if we get a nudge from a commercial venue to remind us to acknowledge our love and appreciation for mom at least once a year – where’s the harm?  And, as this year, when Mother’s Day pounces on us out of the clear blue sky, I’m grateful for the nudge.
So, for all of you mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and best friends who have been like mothers, I celebrate you.  Enjoy your day with all the other nurturing, beautiful mothers of the world.  And thank you for being in mine!
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