A Mother's Day Reflection

Over at Duck and Wheel with String, Lin has a wonderful reflection on Mother's Day cards.

She writes:

I have this theory about Mother's Day. Did you ever take a good look at the Mother's Day cards? They all show the mom with her apron on, surrounded by her family. She's standing there smiling with all the kids around her, and Dad's there--I think he's smiling too. Then there is lots of mushy writing about how wonderful mom's are and how much we love them and all that stuff...blah, blah, blah.

Then look at Father's Day cards. There's Dad on the hammock--alone. He's on the golf course--alone. Then he's taking a nap on the couch--alone. Where is the picture of him being surrounded by his obnoxious smiling family??? They always show the dad enjoying his peace and quiet, while the stupid mom cards have her spending even more time with the kids--like she needs more of that. And there are always fewer sappy words on Father's Day cards too. Always.

Me? I want the Dad card.

It made me think of a discussion I had with Kim the other day about the chocolates that we always get one another on days like these.

I left the following comment over on Lin's blog:

The other day, my wife told me that she doesn't really like those truffles I get her every year for Mother's day. She really wanted a different sort of truffles. I was shocked. I've been getting her my favorite type of truffles all these years. She's always been getting me her favorite type of chocolates on Father's day as well. They are okay, but not as good as the ones I always got for my wife.

Perhaps, that is the real hidden secret. On Mother's Day, Father's Day, and other such holidays, we get our beloved what we think they would like. We think they would like it, because it is the things we would like.

So yes, perhaps all us Fathers are out getting Mother's Day cards reflecting the joy of the family, because that is what we really want. Perhaps all of the Mothers will go out and get cards reflecting what they really want, a chance to simply relax alone on the hammock.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's day. Enjoy the game.

However you choose to celebrate Mother's Day, I hope it is a wonderful day. Here in Connecticut, the sun is shining after what feels like forty days and forty nights. It is still chilly, but where headed off to the beach, to just chill.

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