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mother's day simplified

happy mother's day!

this holiday has gotten really jumbled in my newsfeeds. I say that I love my mom, but then I feel obligated to add the disclaimers that I realize not everyone had a great mom and you can still be okay if your mom wasn't great, with a supportive comment for anyone who's lost his or her mom. Then I need to mention that you can still be great if you're NOT a mom, with an evaluation of society's unfair standards for women, then an academic view of the history of over commercialized holidays.

complicated.

my daughter's preschool interviewed her about me and reminded me that this can all just be very simple, too. relax, and roll with it. shut out the world and think about what a holiday means for you. that's what I'm doing this year.

here's Josie's views on mothers day. she's almost four, her preschool teachers wrote out her answers then she drew a picture of me on the top and. I have orange hair, a purple dress, I'm under a rainbow with stars. My age is slightly off. My favorite food is actually her dad's favorite food. She added one of her favorite colors to my favorite colors. It's perfect.

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browngirl
May. 11th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Mother's Day! I love your succinct first paragraph, boiling down all those complexities and getting them out of the way.

aliki
May. 11th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Agree, you first paragraph summarizes it perfectly!

And I love Josie's answers!
easter
May. 11th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
It is complicated, and people who can't be moms really, really appreciate that nod, believe me.

But it is also simple and lovely. That looks just like you! :) Good job, Josie.
athene
May. 12th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Awww.

When LP's teachers asked him why he loves me he said, "because she is nice and she works." They asked him two more times an apparently that was his answer every time.
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