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Mother’s Day: ceramic chickens and sentiments

OK – I’m going to say it. I am not a fan of Mothers Day. Yes, I know, I’m a mum. But why should I or my child feel compelled to celebrate me on a specific day? The fact that it is coming up this week – well I don’t feel anything about it. I’m not excited, I don’t expect anything. If anything it just annoys me that I’m here wondering if I should be feeling something about it at all.

Where did Mothers Day come from? What is there to celebrate? I’m a mum, yes, but I don’t know if I feel the need to have a day dedicated to it. I get that it is to give mums a ‘day off’ but I find that a little condescending to be honest and most of all it is actually a lie. You don’t get a day off when you’re a parent.

All I’d want to do is sleep all day anyway if I was given the option. In reality you’re forced out for a roast dinner (and you know not that that’s a bad thing mind) and then there are the dubious presents – most of which look very pink and often useless. I remember buying my mum a ceramic chicken one Mother’s day. She did a great job of looking like she actually wanted it. I’d only bought it as I was in a rush and couldn’t go home without something.

But that’s it you see. For me, It just feels false. I really struggle with this outpouring of emotion that we are supposed to give out on days such as this. Valentine’s is another example. I’d rather not do anything on the same day everyone else is. Just like my ceramic chicken, why am I buying this crap just because someone (I’m going to guess a card company) wanted to make more money. It feels like you must do this or else your mum will never know you loved her because it’s done only on this day.

I’m not a really cold hearted idiot. I know that it is a nice opportunity to meet up with family and I know my mum appreciates the sentiment. I wouldn’t not ‘do’ Mother’s day for my mum as I know she enjoys it (although I stopped buying random presents a few years ago). I know other people use it as a day to remember their Mums too so I know that for many people the day serves a purpose.

I just have an issue with the fact you feel you have to do something.

I also find the fact that it’s a Sunday is difficult. I find Sundays very boring and the fact I’m working the next day means you can’t really let your hair down (i.e. drink a few G&Ts).There are many other days in the year for us both to show appreciation of each other in a more personal and fun way. Maybe we just need to reinvent Mothers Day and start doing things differently. Like doing it on a Saturday when the shops are all open or go zorbing or having an uninterrupted shower.

Last Mothers Day, my first, I was in a bad place. I was struggling to feed Bubs and I couldn’t really function. I did get a lovely framed photo though and it is only now I appreciate it, looking back. It was a lovely thought from the person who gave it to me. I think if you make it what you want, it’s not so bad. Just don’t feel you have to do this or buy that. It was a lot better than a ceramic chicken. Sorry Mum.

6 thoughts on “Mother’s Day: ceramic chickens and sentiments”

  • I heartily agree with what you have said and I have always felt that Mother’s Day (originated from biblical times when young serving girls where allowed a day off to visit their families – the only day off they had all year) in modern times is a bit shallow and commercial. Every day I receive an unexpected call or text from one of my daughters makes it a special day for me. We don’t need a designated day to show our love for each other. Yet, you don’t know what you have till it’s gone. I can’t give my Mum a ceramic chicken or a bunch of wilting garage flowers and I wish with all my heart that I could place the flowers I’m going to put on her resting place next week into her hands and tell her how much I love her. Enjoy your second Mother’s Day Emily, even if you will be knee deep in boxes and packing up for the move – if nothing else it is an excuse to order your family to wait on you and scoff illicit chocolates! xx

  • I don’t do Mother’s Day either. Think it’s a load of old tosh. I will hopefully bring my boys up to celebrate their parents on any given day and not just on one random Sunday where I’ll be forced to go to a carver. Dear Lord, my head spins at the thought.

  • i don’t like a lot of the commercialised “holidays” either.. valentines, halloween.. I don’t really celebrate any of them although my kids like to do something. My hubby has only just realised it is Mothers Day on Sunday as I hadn’t said anything! I will now probably get something like a ceramic chicken!!!

  • Our mothers are Christian so we send them cards, however it is very difficult to buy Mothering Sunday cards instead of Mother’s Day. I’m not religious so the day does not have any special meaning to me and I’m delighted to get the items the children make at school but I have no expectation for any special treatment (we don’t celebrate Valentine’s day or Father’s day).

  • So true! Last year I spent my mothers’ day having a day off, and Hubs said “so is mothers’ day a day for you NOT to spend with your kids?” and I was all, “yes please”! I was exhausted and just wanted a break. This year I’m doing much better, so we’re off out for a family picnic, and I get to be lazy, so Hubs is organising everything 🙂

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