As we all know (or should know at this point), Mother's Day is this coming Sunday. It's basically a holiday made up and proliferated by Hallmark and jewelry stores. And so is Valentine's Day and Father's Day and Grandparent's Day. Aren't we all just allowing ourselves to be exploited by marketing ploys of greedy companies? Absolutely--but maybe that's ok.
It's all well and good for us to say that every day should be Valentine's Day or every day should be Mother's Day. We don't need a holiday to give our loved ones a card or gift or tell them how much they mean to us. Except that most of us do. I think we should all take a second and be honest with ourselves and realize that the great thing about holidays is that they force us all to take a few minutes to appreciate the people in our lives the way we should every day. Yes, we should spend more than just Christmas and Thanksgiving with our families, but will we? Probably not.
|My grandmother, mother, and nephew :-)|
For more on Mother's Day, check out this blog post on how to make Mother's Day easier on the non-mothers. I like our priest's idea of reconigzing all women--we've all been mothered and nurtured in some capacity.