Going by the caption, I know I sound a little cynical, but can’t help the hoopla around the day today. Since morning, there is an invisible air of pressure for me to call my Mom and wish her on ‘Mother’s Day’. Not that we don’t talk almost everyday otherwise but calling and telling her, how lucky am I to have her as a mother seems a little awkward. I know She is going to give an uncomfortable chuckle, just like the last time, when she didn’t really know how to react or respond. This whole wishing mothers is new to her and to me as well. We both talk, listen, discuss and laugh but I never felt the need to wish her the motherhood. It’s just there. I understand and I know she understands. Every time when She picks up my phone and says hello! she understands that I was thinking of her.
Last few weeks have been making me think the media frenzy about this day and how it is getting too much to handle and keep a straight face about. The never ending commercials for gifting gold jewellery to mobile phones for Mothers. How if you are not buying something for your Mom, you are made to feel inadequate. You are looked down upon by this new breed of motherhood celebrators and made to feel guilty about you being such a narcissistic piece of s***, just like few years ago when if you didn’t buy cards from ‘Archie’s’, you didn’t really show that you love to the people who you proclaim, you love. but is that really so? just because I did not do any of whatever was suggested to me by big advertising campaigns,Am I not good enough a daughter?
And No, I am not arguing the celebration of mother’s day, father’s day or valentine’s day for that matter. All I am not happy with, is this hysteria in the name of celebrations. I am sure a mother would value a hand made card or a cup of tea in the bed, way more than a piece of jewellery or an expensive watch. Its the moments that we all mothers look forward to spending with our loved ones in spite of what the ad mad world wants us to believe.
The over priced flowers, the emotional greeting cards, the spa vouchers? We really need to make the new generation understand that we value their effort and time but what we need is a little different.
We, as mothers need to make sure that this buying gift doesn’t become like popcorn, without which a movie watching experience is never complete, no matter how great a film is. The bigger the popcorn tub, better the experience! ( or at least the perceived experience), more expensive the gift, less the guilt of not spending enough time with your Mom.
Want to leave you all With this thought and would like to know what is your take on it?
Wishing you all the greatest mother’s day.
And a quote that I love.
♥ A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. – By Washington Irving
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