May 9, 2013
Well, Mother’s Day is upon us and I hope you have made, or will soon make, preparations to show your appreciation to your Mom. Mother’s Day is certainly a big deal these days. Hallmark estimates 150 million Mother’s Day cards will be sent. (in comparison to 95 million Father’s Day cards—sorry Dads). An estimated $2.6 billion will be spent on flowers. The Pew Research Center finds that there are consistently more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day. Mother’s Day is second only to Christmas in gift giving. The Saturday before Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for car washes. Amazing!
Yes, Mother’s Day is a big deal. Anna Jarvis, credited as the creator of the Mother’s Day holiday in 1908, years later would boycott it as she felt that it had become to commercialized and lost its meaning. I can see how she could feel that way looking at the stats I gave above. But ultimately, the value of Mother’s Day is going to be determined by the hearts of the people celebrating it.
As for me, I have two incredible Grandmas to be grateful for, that gave me a great spiritual heritage and who are in heaven. I have an awesome Mom who gave me life, cleaned me up, helped me graduate kindergarten (it’s a long story), and has ALWAYS been there for me. I have an amazing wife who I would be lost without, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as the mother of our children, and has made me a better father.
So yes, I will be participating in some of the commercialism on this Mother’s Day, but not for any other reason than GRATITUDE.
Thank you Grandma Simmons, Grandma Larsen, Mom Jacque, and Wife Annette!