For anyone who does not realize this: Mother's Day is a big deal. It is a chance to tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her.
And for me (with the help of a little technology), it is the chance to drive her a little crazy.
Let me back up a bit. I love my Mom. She is a talented woman, a fantastic writer, a hands-on grandmother who loves to try new things. She is up on her DIY craftiness as well as technology. So, I use that love of technology to drive her crazy just in time for Mother's Day.
On Mother's Day morning, I found the Sunday edition of the New Orleans Times Picayune on my lawn. The picture here shows that day's front page. The headline of the feature story on the left reads, "Mothers talk about losing a child to violence." For many readers this is already yesterday's news, overshadowed later that Mother's Day by another mass shooting injuring 20 people, but as a resident of New Orleans, I can't simply shelve it away and move on....more
My mom and I do not share an “easy” relationship, but I wanted to tell her, “I love you; I am who I am because of you,” without the extra fluff that simply...isn't us. I wrote this after searching for hours and not finding a single Mother’s Day card for mother’s and daughters who don’t always get along like best friends, moms and daughters who don’t always see eye to eye....more
Mother's Day is one of my least favorite days of the year on two levels. First, despite having ample opportunity, I have chosen not to be a mother, so there's not a damn thing in it for me. Secondly, I am estranged from my own mother, and have opted to see her only three times in the last 25 years. The essay below explains both decisions above. ...more
Will You Have A Happy (Step)Mother’s Day? Why does the thought of Mother’s Day worry so many stepmothers? Do we feel like we’ve merited some sort of recognition that we know we won’t get? Is it because we secretly hope that perhaps this will be the year that our stepkids have a grand epiphany that we’re pretty darn amazing, we do a lot for them, we put up with a lot as a stepmom and gosh darn it, we really do love them? ...more