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Mother's Day 101

Updated on June 26, 2011
No matter how weird your mother might be, she should still be spoiled on Mother's Day.
No matter how weird your mother might be, she should still be spoiled on Mother's Day.

Why the hell do we have Mother's Day?

 You might be thinking, geez, I'm still paying off the credit card after Christmas, Valentine's Day cleaned out what was left in the wallet, then Easter came and you just had to buy her chocolate eggs, Mother's Day, arrrrggghhh!  Do I have to?  Yes you do.  You do have to spoil your Mother or the Mother of your children on Mother's Day.  Fullstop, period, end of story.  And you have to do it and mean it.  And the reason I am giving you a crash course on Mother's Day 101 is so that you can start your preparations now, because it will hurt your wallet.  So listen up, pay attention, and get educated.

The Greeks got it right centuries ago, when they had special celebrations in spring to honour Rhea, the mother of the gods.  Then the early Christians in England thought it would be good to have a special day to honour Mary the mother of Jesus, and this they did on the 4th Sunday of Lent.  Being such a magnanimous people, they opened it up to all mothers and even maids working in rich houses were allowed to go home to visit their families.  How kind was that?  In the US, some lady who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic (Julia Ward Howe) got a little bit ticked off at all the killing and carnage in the wars which were popular at the time, and in the 1870's she got this bee in her bonnet about a Mother's Day for Peace.  Of course, she never imagined gifts and fabulous lunches for mothers, but probably envisaged mothers marching and waving placards and throwing rotten tomatoes at the president.

Howe actually got the idea of Mother's Day for Peace from Ann Jarvis, the sister of that famous doctor James Reeves, who tried to get a Mother's Friendship Day going to improve sanitation.  How a special day honouring mother's will make people wash their hands after going to the bathroom, I'm not sure.  When Ann died in 1905, her daughter Anna missed her so much that she got her family and friends working on a letter writing campaign to those high up in the public sector, to have Mother's Day declared a national holiday to honour all mothers, living and dead.  She was successful in her efforts and on Sunday 10th May 1908, the very first Mother's Day as we know it was celebrated.  Anna Jarvis had imagined it to be a kind of a religious type of holiday, but 9 years later, it had attracted so much commercial hype with special cards and gift baskets, that poor Anna was disillusioned and became an opponent of Mother's Day, or the kind of day Mother's Day had become.  Unfortunately, money talks and nobody listened to poor Anna Jarvis, and the day became even more commercial.  As a mother I see nothing wrong with that.  Spend my children, spend.  But don't ask me to lend you money.  So we have the English still sticking to their Mother's day in Lent, but the rest of the world joining the US to celebrate Mother's Day and honour and pay tribute to mothers all over the world on the 2nd Sunday in May.

Breakfast in bed

You have to give your wife or mother breakfast in bed.  Of course, if you don't live at home with her this might be difficult.  A phone call with you munching toast over the phone should suffice.  Make sure you set out a tray properly and give her carnations.  Roses are for Valentine's day, don't get confused.  Mother's Day is carnations.  All because the federal government officials all those years ago all wore a white carnation in their lapel on Mother's Day.  Blame them if you prefer roses as carnations have no fragrance.  Anyway, back to the tray.  Make sure you have fruit juice as well as a hot cup of coffee or tea, a bowl of cereal, and take her order for eggs and bacon.  Of course, if she's a vegan you might have to just make her baked beans on toast.  Don't sit around and watch her eat as that'll make her nervous and she'll mess crumbs on her pajamas and in the bed, which will make it very uncomfortable for her if she gets passionate in the bed later on.  After she's finished, her appetite is sated, remove her tray and run her a nice hot bath with bubbles in it.  Of course, if she only has a shower, then fill a bucket or basin with hot water and put bubbles in that and soak her feet.

A good book to read is always a good gift

The gifts

While you might have given your mom (or wife) a Mother's Day card on her tray, the gifts will be presented to her after her breakfast and bubble bath.  Look at my links for great Mother's Day gift ideas.  Your mom will love getting some good Mother's Day presents.  The more expensive, obviously the better, but show that you have put a lot of thought into the selections.  If you don't have much money because of the recession, make something.  But do not see your mother giftless.  That will make her a very unhappy mommy.  Then when it's your birthday you might luck out.  She can claim an early onset of dementia and forget your birthday completely.  Seriously, us mothers make lots of sacrifices for our children and the men in our lives.  Show some appreciation, spoil us rotten.  Be kind to us and agree with everything we say.  For once, let us watch what we want to watch on the telly.

The Lunch

A special Mother's Day lunch is a non-negotiable. You have to take your mom to the best restaurant you can afford, even if it is only a McDonalds Drive-thru. Let her order whatever she wants off the menu, tell her that money is no object, even if it means you have to order a slice of dry toast for yourself. Make pleasant conversation at the lunch table and don't bring up unpleasant incidents from the past, struggles at work, or anything which might upset her on this special day. Hug her, love her, and keep thanking her for all she's done for you, and all she still will do for you. Without your mother, you wouldn't be here. Don't forget that. She carried you for nine months, you gave her morning sickness and a sore back. And if she's your wife, she carried your children. You get the picture. Worship her and adore her on this special day. Pay tribute to her and make her feel special.  After lunch, you can relax until the next year.  Your deed has done.

and for the hot mommy


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    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      BP, now how did I know you'd go for the lingerie? Lol! I haven't seen Cris's portrait yet, need to check it out!

    • blondepoet profile image


      8 years ago from australia

      Oh I love the lingerie too as much as the rest of the hub. Oh Cindy love Cris A's portrait of you too, that guy is a genius. :)

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      Anamika, some moms like the lingerie best.

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Nice ideas except intimate apparels for Mom.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      Paradise, hope they the buttons of the cash machine...

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Lovely hub, I had to often. You hit the buttons with this one.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      Eileen, yeah this was a bit of a tongue in cheek hub. I agree with putting the money for the gifts on their credit cards.

      Embee, I think us mothers do appreciate all efforts, even cheap smelly perfumes.

      Sean, don't forget your Mom!

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      8 years ago

      Um. no comment

    • embee77 profile image


      8 years ago

      Hilarious hub. My mom always appreciated whatever my dad, brother, and I did. I think. At least, she displayed all the chochkees (sp?), and she saved the cards for her entire life. Some of that perfume was hideous. I miss her. Thanks for the memories--and the laughs.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Mothers day is nice, but like others have said as you get older, we no longer want more dust harborers. I would love to see the kids, or a phone call would be nice. But as for gifts, to me it is a waste of the kids money.

      I would rather see them put the money on their credit card or save it in the banks. But for younger mothers it is nice to receive something nice. Great hub much appreciated this.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      Hi Nance, been working hard on my book and school stuff. Have a hectic couple of months until summer holidays in June.

      Hello Hello, FP I'll be devastated if my kids forget

      Aussieteacher you might have to find surrogate kids to spoil you in China

      Ethel, yeah I think Mother's Day should be the same day the world over. Maybe we need to start a movement to make that happen.

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We have already celebrated Mother's Day in the Uk for 2010. It was in March

    • Aussieteacher profile image


      8 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      My mother will be 95 this year, and on Mothers Day (which is in May in Australia) and I will be miles away as I often am. However, I do celebrate my mother, but these days she wants no gifts unless I can do something to make her aches and pains go away!! And my family will not be able to give me breakfast in bed or celebrate with me as I am in China and they are in Australia. At least we can talk on Skype.

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Cindy, I hope you've made sure your kids get a look at this! :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Good hub. Mothers should be celebrated because it is the hardest job I have ever done. There are so many things involved.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Good hub, Cindy. My mother is no longer living, but when she was, my sister and I always gave her flowers and took her out to lunch every mother's day we were in the same state together. It got a little harder through the years. I know she loved it. I still think about those times whenever mother's day comes around.

      We miss you, Cindy. Hope you're still gonna be around on MO and that all is well with you and your family.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      drbj, we'll have to do a hot daddies hub for father's day

      msorensson, thanks for popping in and taking the time to comment

      Pam, am not sure what will happen with me this year, only have my youngest at home now and she always sleeps in on weekends!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from United States

      We keep mother's day much more simpler anymore. We might do lunch or I may get my mom a bouquet of flowers which she adores as she really doesn't need a thing. Maybe its part of getting older but it doesn't seem a big deal to me. I always get a bunch of cards, maybe a gift card or two but quite honestly I would be happy with a nice phone call or visit as I love talking to my boys. Thanks for an entertaining hub.

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      I love your choices for the hot mommy, lol...

      Thanks for this lovely hub

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, cindyvine - Loved your lingerie choices for the hot mommy. Bet the hot daddies will love them, too.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      8 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah Tony, have to give you the head's up in advance, so you can hock everything to get the money together to splurge on your wife. Lol

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Yikes! This is scary - all those non-negotiables, LOL! Looks like I'll have to put my laptop in hock to pay for all this so I won't be able to do any more Hubs and then my adsense money (what adsense money, anyway?) will dry up and the I might as well ...

      Ah well, my wife hates breakfast in bed anyway and I always keep the mother's day card so I re-use it every year!

      Just kidding LOL!

      Thanks for a timely reminder. Mothers and wives deserve all the pampering they can get, really! Without them, what would big boys do? Suffer!

      Cindy your writing is amazing.

      Love and peace



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