Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Not all mothers are thrilled with Mother's Day, check out these tweets

Not all mothers are thrilled with Mother's Day, check out these tweets

GENTLE READER: Indeed. Miss Manners is braced for the onslaught of letters she receives after every Mother's Day from disgruntled mothers who expected to be paid tribute not only by their children but by almost everyone else, including their own mothers.

And it's a shame, because when a work of fiction can admit that parenting is not only hard but often lonely and unsatisfying for significant periods of time - that there is not always a giggle from a baby at the end of the day that makes everything okay - it can dig more deeply into what bonds in parenthood really mean to people. Few words are not enough to say the love of Mother.

Mother's Day is for children to show appreciation of their mothers. Even once in a year, make her feel loved and well appreciated. Our childhood memories are sweeter because of the presence of our mothers.

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children". "No love so instantaneous and forgiving". Often, though my daughter has been with me for nine years, I look at her and I am freshly struck with the utter unlikelihood of her person being mine to guard. The depths of those prayers have been a source of untold strength. To me, you mean all of this and much more. It is said that with the birth of a baby, there is a new birth of a woman. "It's that women are strong". Moreover, we can pay a gratitude towards her for the bounds and bounds of love given by her. We want her to be proud of us.

[T] hose of us who have had the privilege of adopting feel it as a divine benediction. Now that the Brunch of the Damned is over, and your mom has sufficiently rolled her eyes at your piddly gift, you can sit back and think only of the good she brings to your life, her many sacrifices, and the fact that you, and not greeting card companies, are now in full control over when you see her next.

She can be an unsolicited advisor and serve as your conscience. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no.

One of the fascinating things about the series finale of Girls - and you're welcome to skip this paragraph if you're still waiting - was that it allowed Hannah to be ambivalent about motherhood at some level, even though she loved her son. I have found that to be the bedrock of my own marriage.

Being a woman is not an easy thing, but being a Mother is even more challenging. Twitter is flooded with tweets wishing "Happy Mother's Day" with a number of selfies. She no doubt would be quite disappointed in the letters you receive from people demanding Mother's Day gifts from various people. I honor them and I honor all women on this day.

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