Mother’s Day: More than just the presents

Lisa Goudy
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What are you getting your mother for Mother’s Day? I’d be surprised if the majority of people could honestly say that question had not been circling in their minds this past week.

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, it’s become custom that we get something for our mothers on this special day. Not to mention how the news has been constantly streaming in our ears since statistics came in showing that men spend more than women for Mother’s Day.

But I don’t think that’s what Mother’s Day is really about. Sure, the gifts for your mother are a nice way to show your appreciation. Firstly, I think you should appreciate your mother (and father because the same argument applies to Father’s Day) every day of the year, not just this one day out of 365.

That said, since it’s a common tendency for people to take other people for granted, highlighting your appreciation on this one day is a prudent reminder of how precious our mothers really are.

Therefore, it shouldn’t be ignored. I have every intention of spending Mother’s Day with my mother because that is what the day is really about. It’s about taking one day to spend with the woman who gave birth to you and/or raised you.

Even if all you do is take her out for lunch, have a dinner at home, give her something that means something or simply do what she wants to do for a day.

It doesn’t have to be much. As long as you show her you love her, that’s more than enough to do on Mother’s Day.

I can’t speak from experience, but in examining my own life, my mother has done extraordinary things to look out for me and all the while love me every second. It’s not too much to ask for this one day to show your appreciation by spending time with her, not by making sure you spend the most money on her. That’s not what love is.

Besides, the history of Mother’s Day dates way back to ancient Egypt when the Egyptians honoured a Mother deity, the goddess Isis, who was considered the mother of the pharaohs. She was depicted as the ideal mother who was a supporter of magic and nature.

Mother’s Day celebrations were also found in ancient Greece in celebration of Rhea, the mother of the gods. More recently, early Christians in England had one day to honour Mary, the mother of Christ. But later in the 1600s, that celebration was expanded to include living mothers. The celebrations were about honouring the mother and giving praise to all that she’s done.

However, much like Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and any other celebratory day you can think of, Mother’s Day has also fallen victim to commercialization. That explains why nowadays we hear so much about spending.

What will you buy your mother? How much will you spend? Plus many stores have special Mother’s Day sales, encouraging everyone to shop, shop, shop and forget the true meaning of the day.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it. We’re not ancient Egyptians or ancient Greeks who honour mother goddesses. And not everyone is religious who would honour the mother of Christ. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where your faith lies. We all have a mother. All of us should learn to appreciate that and spend as much time with her as we can before it’s too late.

And if for whatever reason you can’t do that every day — or most days — of the year, then at least use this one day to honour your mother.

Geographic location: Egypt, Greece, England

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