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Happy Mother’s Day From the Morning Rag!

Happy Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day I wanted to investigate how local families were going about this age-old holiday. You must get up early to get a glimpse of the start of the day long celebration and so I camped out in the back yard of a neighbor down the street with my binoculars.

Bright and early you can see the father helping the children make a delicious breakfast usually consisting of heart shaped pancakes, bacon, and coffee. The Mother is not aloud to leave the room even if she was awake….I could see her awake through her bedroom window reading her Kindle and obviously growing hungry but continuing to be a patient mom. The Father plays referee with the children to make sure the house stays clean and the kids don’t argue and upset the niceties of the day.

After Breakfast, the household will usually acquiesce to the whims and desires of the mother. This is usually a game of intuition and involves both skill and guessing. The father keeps a close eye on the mother with oblique visage, trying to anticipate if and when she is ready to play a game, take a nap, watch a movie, get another cup of coffee, or go for a walk. He tries to anticipate by throwing out ideas so as to not make the mother explicitly TELL people what she wants. The man must know. So common phrases he might throw out are, “Nice day outside….weather’s perfect…. Hmm, there’s a new movie out. I wonder if that new restaurant is open….Do we have all that paint for the room?.... Do nail technicians work on Sundays?...Here’s a coupon for 20% off shoes… Good thing I went to the liquor store before Sunday…When’s the last time we had a picnic?... The kids are playing, we could lock the door…..”

The courtship never dies and so the day really does present the opportunity to make the mother the Queen of her home with her family making sure that she feels all of the love she deserves and a day to relax and for the children to learn the importance of what a mother means to their family. It’s not the gifts, it’s not the cost, it’s the demonstration of devotion and deference that don’t begin to reward her for all that she does for her family.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Bodie English

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