After having spent too much time with my mother this week, I can only conclude that parenting doesn’t necessarily make someone more empathetic.
And now here comes Mother’s Day:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 10:00 AM CDT
a pitch perfect article
Thanks, Ms. Lamott, for this article. I may have spent too much money on flowers for my mom this year, but I’m still sensitive to how strange and pointless this holiday is. A friend of mine recently lost her mother far too young, and I had to stop myself from posting smug facebook updates reminding everyone to get their mom flowers. You absolutely hit the nail on the head when you say that for some people, perhaps even most people, Mother’s Day is an occasion for guilt or grief.
And lest we forget, it’s important to remind ourselves that the entire idea of Mother’s Day was conceived by politicians trying to distract Suffragettes from what they actually wanted, the right to vote. Ultimately, Mother’s Day is about elevating the role of “mother” onto a pedestal while devaluing everything else about womanhood, and it has been from the beginning.
And another good one: