Mother’s Day Season is Upon Us

It seems like we just got past Easter and now we are heading into the next big commercial season – Mother’s Day. I was greeted by this chalk reminder in front of a florist’s shop in Bethesda this morning.

Are flowers the thing Mom wants? I don’t know. What I do know is that they slowly wilt and die, which is not a good expression of the love we tend to feel for our parents, or the love that florists and card stores tell us we should feel.

This year Mom gets no flowers. I will give her the same thing I always give her – a gift certificate to her favorite bookstore. Mom, if you are reading this, sorry to give away the surprise, but remember that knowledge is the best of companions and books the best of friends.

What are you getting your mother this year? Flowers? Candy? Anybody going for the ever-popular Bacon of the Month Club?

Photo: Remember Mom with Flowers Originally uploaded by carlweaver

3 Comments so far

  1. Tiffany Bridge (tiffany) on May 2nd, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    My mom is an avid gardener, so I often send her seeds, seedlings, or potted plants as gifts. Of course, if your mom isn’t good at plant care, it might wither and die like cut flowers anyway.

  2. dcwriterdawn on May 3rd, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    I’d like to give mine a job. Am I wrong to not feel inclined to give a gift to someone who’s lived with me rent-free for the past year? And don’t even get me started on those sappy cards that Hallmark is pushing on us. Will. Not. Succumb!

  3. Carl Weaver (carlweaver) on May 3rd, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

    Dawn, I hear you. Hallmark cards suck eggs. If Mom needs to pull her weight more, I am sure Wal Mart needs greeters. I know almost every restaurant needs more reliable people. Give her a card that says, "Happy Mother’s Day. Now get a job and start earning your keep before I put you in a home like those on 60 Minutes."

    Any dutiful child would be behind me on this. A person who does not contribute somehow likely does not feel welcome and can benefit by helping somehow. It would be good for her morale.

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