Mother’s Day is upon us and billions and billions of us worldwide are shelling out for flowers, candy, perfume, family portraits and primo dinners to honor those who gave us life. I feel a little bad because I could only send Mom a card this year – it really kind of sucks because I really like to send her big bouquets of flowers. She loves flowers so that I know they brighten her day and a nice bouquet is one of her favorite kind of gifts. Next year, Ma, hopefully I’ll be rolling in the dough again and I’ll pop for the super deluxe model, otay?
Though I was always my ‘father’s daughter’ so to speak, I also love Ma to pieces. She is quite the character and among her many qualities, talents and wisdom, my favorite things about her are:
- She’s an amazing cook – and that gene was passed on to me
- She loves a bargain more than life – again the gene passed to me
- She is always up for a party or dancing or bowling or whatever – nope, I didn’t get that gene
- It’s easy to make her laugh – since making people laugh is one of my favorite things to do this worked out well for me, especially when I screwed up as a kid.
- She always made her kids feel special on birthdays, Christmas and holidays. We always had the best cakes, Easter baskets, holiday meals and Christmas gifts. She loved to spoil us on special days.
- She’s got spunk (oh yeah I definitely got this from her) – right or wrong don’t mess with her or you’ll lose.
Happy Mother’s Day, Ma – have a good one.
Now for some interesting or not so interesting trivia about Mother’s Day:
- Anna Jarvis who started Mother’s Day later filed a lawsuit in order to stop the over- commercialisation of the holiday. She lost.
- Julia Ward Howe staged a protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers designed to show the need for peace by highlighting that mothers were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.
- The Bible credits Eve as the ‘Mother of All the Living.’
- In most languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
- August is the most popular month in which to have a baby, with more than 360,000 births taking place that month in 2001.
- Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2001.
- A female oyster can produce 100 million young over her lifetime.
- Giraffes often give birth, standing – making the baby giraffe’s first experience outside the womb a 6 foot drop.
- Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, when festivals honoring Rhea, the mother of the gods were held
- Early Christians celebrated Mother’s Day on the 4th Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.
- The official flower for Mother’s Day is the carnation. Red carnations for mothers still living – white carnations for mothers who have passed away.
- Hallmark estimated that 136 million cards were bought for Mother’s Day in 2002.
- Mother’s Day is responsible for 25% of holiday floral purchases.
- In 2008, over 33% of adults bought flowers or plants for Mother’s Day!
- Mother’s Day is the busiest phone day of the year by about 122.5 million calls
And if you want to give mom a special gift, check this out. It’s priceless.