Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mother's Day

You know, I was all set to do somewhat of an anti-Mother's Day post. I'm not a big fan of Mother's Day and I felt it was my obligation to share with you all my indignation of the "Get Out of Jail Free" card that many families use Mother's (and Father's ) Day as. Then something changed. Kristin sent an email to several of us which included a link to say la vee's post of a piece by Anna Quindlen, a writer I've always enjoyed. Reading through this entry, I had tears in my eyes - something not often found on my face whenever and wherever Mother's Day is discussed. Then I popped over to The Sheila Variations and read her entry on Penny Serenade, one of my all time favorite films and I lost, for just a second anyway, all of my cynicism about Mother's Day and parenting in general.

I'm waiting now for my own mother and father to come for dinner, joining my three daughters and husband. Surrounded by so much evidence of how I'm loved and cherished, and how much I love and cherish my own mother, who can remain cynical?


Kristin said...

The Anna Quindlen piece was humbling and centering at the same time, wasn't it?

Mary, I hope you enjoyed the day with you family and your adopted extras : ) The fact that your grown children choose to come to your home with their friends to hang out, watch movies, play games, engage in discussions--what a public honoring of who you are as a mother!

Q said...

Hi Mary,
I also think days like Mother's Day are made up holidays. I am not much for obligatory gift giving. we know if we are "good" moms or not. I know my mom did not understand the word "nurture".
I am glad you found some relief. The day comes and goes just like all the others.
I am glad you are here!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Anna Quindlen is a favorite of mine and I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for the link.
I hope you enjoyed a nice day.

Q said...

Hi Mary,
I am sending enegy and happy, sweet summer is almost here thoughts.