Sunday, 8 May 2016

Mother's Day Promos make me crazy!

They are ubiquitous. Every group to which I belong or donate money sends me a great idea for my late mother (Joan 1925 - 2006) and I fail to see how this would please her! We couldn't send flowers when they lived in Bala, there wasn't a store that sold flower arrangements (or would deliver) in her town population 500!

"A Gift From The Heart for Mother's Day" Activity trackers from Garmin. 'We love mothers!' [Hidden message: we moms are overweight and sedentary?]
Shoppers Drug Mart: fragrances and cosmetics,  (don't all moms want this?) and free shipping. I haven't worn perfume in ages. It's verboten in many places.

Stephen Lewis Foundation: Make a donation in lieu of a gift this Mother’s Day and receive a beautiful printed or electronic card to send to the recipient of your choice. Whatever your contribution, it will strengthen the work of these resolute mothers and grandmothers, and the indispensable community-based organizations which support so many of them. Yes, this is the way to Mom's heart!

Then there is Facebook

Everyone is milking it!

Kiva has to get into it, too.

Hyde Park Seeds had the right idea: 

The national effort to create Mother’s Day began in the early 1900s by a woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna’s mother was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Anna wanted to honour her mother by setting aside a day to honour all mothers. She believed they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
By 1911 all US states began to observe the day. In 1914, President Woodrow made Mother’s Day a National Holiday to honor mothers. Mother’s Day was adopted by other countries, and it is now celebrated all over the world, by 180 countries.


William Kendall said...

I wonder if it occurs to the Marketing Chimps who keep promoting so heavily that for those of us who have lost their mother, being reminded of the day over and over again becomes painful.

Kay said...

I'm all for Mother's Day, but you're right. It's gotten more and more commercial these days.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The tradition of 'mothering Sunday' in Britain dates back to the 15h/16th century, when workers everywhere were expected to return to their 'mother church'... the Cathedrals of their diocese, where they would have the fullest experience of liturgy and spiritual correction. In attending, this often meant also that many youngsters would again meet up with their parents and they would gather flowers and if they could afford it, food, to take back with them for a family gathering after attending the ceremony at 'mother church'. Over time, the tradition focused on the gathering of families over the ecumenical basis and now, hardly anyone attends church... Now the 'invented' form with all the cards and chocolates and such commercial nonsense as you describe here has taken over. The cross-over from the new (albeit nobly-intended) form and the traditional form is now very blurry and both have lost out! YAM xx