MOM is the same backward and forward.
Turned upside down, she is WOW!
In general, the world celebrates Mother’s Day more than Father’s Day. (All fathers, please do not get jealous and upset! You, of course, have your special place in the family. Without you, there would be none of us.)
It is no accident that Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the World. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry. Nearly one-quarter of all the flowers and plants purchased throughout the year are bought for Mother’s Day. Approximately 65% of all greeting card sales occur in the last five days before Mother’s Day. The planned total expenditure on Mother’s Day in the United States will increase from $26.7 billion in 2020 to $28.1 billion in 2021. With all these numbers and figures, we can testify to a Southern saying,” If mama ain’ happy, ain’t nobody happy” which is absolutely valid. Mothers support our economy: either mothers spend money on themselves or mothers make others spend money on them. Cheers to Mothers!
“If mama ain’ happy, ain’t nobody happy” also gave rise to another saying, “If Papa ain’t happy, ain’t nobody cares!”. All daddies, please do not be vexed. We, the mothers, did not create the saying. The creators probably were the children who knew that even though they made fun of their fathers, their fathers would let go easily. When I googled the history of Father’s Day, I found American historian Timothy Marr wrote,” men ‘scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products — often paid for by the father himself.’”. Now, we come to realize that the real contributors to our economy are the fathers!
Excuse me! I am sidetracked. This article is about Mother’s Day and not a comparison of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I will stay on my topic, Mother’s Day.
However, when I looked into the history of Mother’s Day, I discovered the first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908. Not until 1914, did President Woodrow Wilson proclaim Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May. Do you see something suspicious here? I am not trying to indicate any kind of conspiracy. But think about it. When a holiday falls on Sunday, it means we do not have a holiday. Sunday is a day for resting. Holiday means an extra resting day. Yes, we do have Mother’s Day to celebrate, but somehow our holidays have been stolen.
Be patient, be patient…. I just want to write something different on this Mother’s Day.
Most of us are playing different roles as a grandmother, a mother, a daughter, or a sister (sisters), at different times in our lives.
As sisters, we want to be caring and helpful.
As daughters, we want to be grateful and beholden.
As mothers, we want to be the role-models.
As grandmothers, we want to live our legacies.
Wishing everyone have a joyful Mother’s Day!