May 7, 2008


Mother of a Day

"Will you be doing a Mother's Day column?" asked Mark, my Wheels editor. Or, as Arlene now calls him after the Spelling Bee, 'Mock', as she mocks his gentle accent.
"Why?" I asked Mock. "I hadn't thought about it," I told him.
"Well, it will be Mother's Day, I'm just checking..."

Since my mother died, I don't do Mother's Day. And the fact I have two sons who each have only two days of the year they really care about (their own birthdays and Christmas), I kind of forget about it. Well, that's not all the way true. Usually by noon on that magical Sunday, I start to get pissy when I realize I'm scooping litter and doing laundry as I ponder what to make for dinner, and think 'this isn't so magical after all'. Then I yell at them, and they ride down to Shoppers and use what's left of their lunch money (usually $1.22) to buy me a gift.

If you still have a mother, just print out Garrison Keillor's column for her. It's perfect. It sums up nicely what being a mother means, the sacrifices, the rewards, the pain, the sacrifices....

My mother always said it was my little sister that cost her her figure, and my older sister that cost her her sanity. I of course was a dream child. (Watch the comments section now...)

I remember my mother always telling us she didn't want anything for her birthday or Mother's day or Christmas. And I thought she was trying to save us money she would have to later slip into our purses anyway, until I became a mother and realized what she meant.

Listen to Garrison - just give her a call. Or better yet, clean up your room.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mum lives in England & sends ME a Mother's Day card every year, "because you're a mother". She's the best.

May 07, 2008 8:23 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Dream as in worst nightmare?

C'mon... you set yourself up for that!

May 08, 2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Mom always said I was 'special'.

I'm sure my sisters will be in here to clarify.

May 08, 2008 9:19 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

And you, no doubt have, on many an occasion, said the same thing to all four sons!

May 09, 2008 8:17 AM  

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