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Old 05-12-2014, 06:12 AM
 
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A post Mothers Day thought for all. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so make it a good one. Same thought applied to yesterday.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:19 AM
 
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A post Mothers Day thought for all. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so make it a good one. Same thought applied to yesterday.
Well, my horoscope this morning directed me to do tedious and not very relaxing things today.
(I solved that one....I picked another month with directives I like better)
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:56 AM
 
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Well, my horoscope this morning directed me to do tedious and not very relaxing things today.
(I solved that one....I picked another month with directives I like better)
Ahhhhh your wisdom runneth over!
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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Yes, Mother's day is not always happy especially if you lost someone who served as your mother.
Anyways, Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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My daughter ( age 35) called and said yesterday was a rough day for her. The first time my wife ( her mother) was not here on Mothers Day. ( She died Thanksgiving morning from ALS .. AGE 68 )

I told my daughter of my memories of going to my Grandparents farm every Mothers Day. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents were poor. Everyone brought cake and sandwiches for a big afternoon lunch in back yard.

I told my daughter about when she was little and how we would always take my mother to a small town restaurant that featured a Mothers Day Buffet.

Then I told her about the gathering at my farm where my wife was the grandma and everyone brought food to share on Mothers Day.

Three generations have come and gone in that short story and now my daughter (35) and older daughter 44 are the oldest living mothers left in the family.

I told her to concentrate on her young kids and start creating the same great memories/traditions with her and her family on Mothers Day.

Time moves swiftly , but the memories of good traditions stay with us.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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I instinctively bristle at the the escalating concentration on political correctness to the degree that special things should not be fully enjoyed for what they are in fear of hurting somebody else's feelings that they aren't part of that particular group.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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It was a southern, wear to church thing, for sure.
I had never thought about it being only a Southern custom until I wrote that yesterday! Too bad no one seems to observe it any longer.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:28 AM
 
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I instinctively bristle at the the escalating concentration on political correctness to the degree that special things should not be fully enjoyed for what they are in fear of hurting somebody else's feelings that they aren't part of that particular group.
Amen. Seems to suck the enjoyment out of a lot of things.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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I instinctively bristle at the the escalating concentration on political correctness to the degree that special things should not be fully enjoyed for what they are in fear of hurting somebody else's feelings that they aren't part of that particular group.
While the discussion may have turned into something that might feel like political correctness, the original idea of the post was to talk about Mother's Day bringing up a lot of emotions that are not always celebratory for many people. And there are many reasons for that occurring . . . including Moms who have lost a child.

TEXDAVE brought up a good point: if we are simply celebrating/honoring our own mother, then the focus is removed from all the other various scenarios in re: to what mothers (or childless women) might feel in regard to themselves. However, I don't think there is any reasonable way for women to control their own emotions about such things -- losses (or unfilled hopes) can hit a person without warning when confronted with a special day.

I have never been a big proponent of setting aside a special day to celebrate mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, secretaries, etc.

Ideally, you celebrate/honor those relationships daily and if you aren't, then trying to make up for it by sending a card or gift on Mother's Day or Father's Day could be seen as nothing more than an empty gesture.

Perhaps for many, having a "special day" is just a gentle reminder to not put off acknowledging someone we truly care about and don't take time to acknowledge often enough in our busy lives.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Amen. Seems to suck the enjoyment out of a lot of things.
Sometimes, I think it is not political correctness as much as trying to be sensitive to others who may have dealt with a loss such as the death of a child.
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