MOTHER – A Word That Means The World To Me
May is upon us and with it comes one of my favourite holidays: Mother’s Day. Here in the North America, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year it’s on 13 May. My friends in Australia and New Zealand celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May as well, as do the people of South Africa. But I think the people of the United Kingdom and Ireland will think we’ve missed the boat. They celebrate Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, as they refer to it, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If you remember from the last issue of Imagine Magazine, Lent leads up to Easter and the date on which Easter is celebrated rotates. By my calculations, it can be anywhere from 20 March to 24 April. This year, Mothering Sunday was 18 March. UK and Ireland, I think the rest of us have it a lot easier. For us it’s always the second Sunday in May.
Not so surprisingly, all of our nations celebrate the day in a similar manner. The flower of the day seems to be either carnations or chrysanthemums, though any flower is appropriate. It seems the colours of the flowers are similar as well. Red or Pink flowers are presented to your mother if she is still living and White flowers are worn to honour a mother who has passed on.
Mum, or Mom, will often start her day with breakfast in bed. Since it’s her day, the kitchen is often off limits to her for 24 hours. If you can’t cook, save up and take your mother to breakfast, lunch and supper. Come on – you know she’s worth it. One thing that men can always do is grill outdoors. On the day before Mother’s Day, stop off at the butchers and get your mother’s favourite cut of meat and have it ready to grill. Remember, this is your mum’s day off, so figure out how to do it before you need the information. Talk with your friends at school or work and see what they’re doing. Don’t forget, mothers want more than a plate full of meat, so have a fresh salad ready and either cook a side dish or pick something up at the delicatessen.
If you don’t know how to cook, first of all, shame on you! But if you don’t, call for take-away or carry-out. You might want to ask your mother what she would like. After all, it is her day. And although all of us think that Mother’s Day is becoming too commercialised, don’t forget to get her a card for her special day. Hand her the card and the TV remote and let her control what’s on today.
When she turns on a chick-flick, don’t complain. While the movie is playing, why don’t you go out to the kitchen and clean up so the room is cleaner than when you started?
Finally, leave a mint on her pillow for when she retires for the night, and don’t forget to tell her you love her.
Happy Mother’s Day!