'They look too exciting for so early in the evening'.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that next Sunday is Mother’s Day. CVS is overflowing with greeting cards. NPR is overflowing with ‘opportunities’ for combining floral bouquets with charitable contributions. And the grocery stores are overflowing with candy and other possible tributes to Mom.
The American version of Mother’s Day-other countries have different traditions-has its roots in a movement to promote peace between families sundered by the Civil War. In 1868, Ann Jarvis organized a committee to establish a Mother’s Friendship Day in West Virginia, with only limited success. She lobbied hard to expand to a national event, and hold it annually. Although she died before achieving these aims, her daughter Anna Jarvis took up the cause, with some aid from John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia merchant. Congress finally passed a resolution establishing Mother’s Day as a national holiday in 1914. And what started out with notions of peace, the distribution of carnations, and church attendance swiftly became more commercial.
My own mother was a farm wife from the High Plains, not much given to frills and furbelows. In her view, flowers were something decent people picked from their own gardens.The notion of going to ‘brunch’ at a restaurant would have been viewed as a waste of money. Cards? Those she accepted. But I’m pretty sure that-if she were still with us-she’d have preferred a visit. Actually, after the year we’ve all just lived, I’d play the odds on ALL mothers preferring a good visit with their loved ones. Sometimes presence is the best of presents.
Of course, you can certainly bring along flowers. Or a card. Gift. Meal. Bottle of wine. If you’d like some help with that, we’re hosting a pop up with The Ginger Bird Company at the store next Saturday. From 12-5, you can one-stop shop for roses and rosé, plants and Pinot Noir, cards and Chardonnay. If you’re a procrastinator, George will be manning the fort from 12-5 on Mother’s Day itself. I’ll be off on a picnic with my special girl, who is giving me the gift of her presence.
Wishing everyone a joyful day with those you love most