I know Mothers Day has gone and this post is late, but I still want to get this off my chest.
Why have Mothering Sunday?!
What is the point in celebrating a living person for just one day? Does it give you license to be an ass through the rest of the year or is it because you feel guilty of not treating your mother well daily that you must concoct a 'special day' just for mum?
Only my mother could verify but I'd like to think that I've been good to her everyday. Sure, there have been some bad patches when I was young but that's part of growing up and part of being a good mother is to grow you out of the immaturity and I'd like to think I have and more than made up for all my past misdeeds. I treat my mum to random presents or surprises, help her when I can or when she least expects it etc - I know I'm not the perfect son and I could do a lot more but I do appreciate her every day and she knows that ... yet I still am 'forced' into getting something for one particular day of the year.
I say forced because although it is indeed optional, we've been brought up as children to participate in this farce. From nursery, kids are helped to create gifts to their mothers and the cycle from kids to parents can never end!
Of course, this isn't the only 'treat some especially on this particular day'... you have Fathers Day and Valentines ... the cynical part of me leads me to believe that these are just marketing tactics used by companies to charge 5x for the same goods and the only difference is it's wrapped and has a ribbon on it. A commercial day used to boost sales of otherwise unwanted goods to be bought by suckers.
And yet there I was on Saturday, shopping for my mother and continuing this facade of special appreciation, guilty at betraying my thoughts because I'm part of the system.