Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!
By edhat staff
It's Mother's Day! The day where we celebrate the ladies who gave us all life. Some moms pretend they don't need or want anything today, but don't make that mistake.
In these strange times, traditional celebrations are not allowed but it's time to get creative. A socially distanced brunch, flowers delivered from a local florist, a video call, or handmade card will surely make moms feel special.
Although, if everyone is vaccinated, the CDC says its ok for the traditional brunch and in person hugs.
A few years ago we ran a Mother's Day-themed contest where winners received tickets to the Downtown live art and wine walk. Edhat readers sent in hilarious stories about their mothers and Ed picked the winning story that made him laugh the most. Since COVID-19 has yet again put a damper on fun contest plans, we're reprinting the winning story as it still makes Ed chuckle.
My mother, Hilde Marshall, who arrived from Germany in 1939, never quite mastered the English language. Once, for example, the police pulled her over for speeding. “Ma’am, you were doing 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.” “Bah, impossible,” she retorted. “I’ve only been driving for ten minutes!”
Another time we went to the drugstore, and I told her I needed some deodorant. The druggist asked if she wanted the spray or ball type. “No, the type for under the arms,” she explained. I was fourteen...and mortified.
Read the rest of the stories submitted to the contest.
MOTHER'S DAY HISTORY
Yes, today's Mother's Day is highly commercialized. However, it didn't start out that way.
The term “Mother’s Day” was coined by Anna Jarvis in 1912 as being on the second Sunday of every May. Despite her protests, Mother’s Day became commercialized within nine years of having been created. She reportedly spent all her inheritance fighting what she saw as an abuse of the day's true meaning.
While greeting card companies and national retailers are making the big bucks on this day, most Mom's wouldn't prefer gifts. According to the below poll, 54% of moms want "well-behaved kids" for the holiday while 29% would prefer time for themselves.
Learn more interesting facts about the holiday Frankenstein monster Jarvis created, below.