Last year I looked up the meaning of Mother’s Day in America and came across a really interesting piece of history.
What is upsetting here is not necessarily the commercialization of the day, that happens to everything, but how it has been interpreted and changed by commercialization. Instead of Mothers’ Work Clubs we have breakfast in bed. I am very happy to spend a day telling and showing all the mothers in our lives how much we appreciate them, but I think that it would be more meaningful to take the load off of your mother so that she can take time to do the things she feels are important. But shouldn’t that be something we do all the time? The burden of “mothering” should not be placed year long on moms.
I propose, next year, we use Mother’s Day as a chance to get active with our moms. A chance to find out what really makes her passionate. Find somewhere to volunteer together, donate to her favorite charity in her name, protest in the streets for paid paternity leave so that choosing to be a mother isn’t choosing to loose your career, anything to remember that not all women are alike and not all moms want breakfast in bed.
(Although, if breakfast in bed and Fried Green Tomatoes is what your mom wants to do on a Sunday morning than there is no reason she shouldn’t!)