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THE PROBLEM WITH MOTHER’S DAY

Here’s the problem. I don’t like Mother’s Day. You don’t like Mother’s Day. We don’t like Mother’s Day. And everywhere you go signs of it are in your face. Cards, flowers, jewelry, brunch; it’s a marketing heyday. This year US citizens are expected to spend $23.1 billion dollars on this day. And did you know that Mothers Day originally had nothing to do with celebrating mothers!?! I mean c’mon! How absurd is that! Check out this piece on Elephant Journal for more history on the day if you are interested. There’s a million reasons why we may not like Mothers Day.  ...

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The Truth About Mother’s Day

Did you know the founder of Mother’s Day, peace activist Anna Jarvis, spent much of her life boycotting the very holiday she helped conceive? Don’t believe me? Consult Wikipedia. I love that the founder of this modern day Hallmark holiday was a peace activist. I love that she cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. I love how she wanted to continue the work her mother started. You know what I don’t love? Mother’s Day. And I know I’m not alone. You see Mother’s Day is a trigger for me in more ways than one. Seven years ago I made a  ...