Monday, 23rd September 2019
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Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

British mothers living in Spain are honoured twice a year.

Mother’s day is celebrated in different ways and at different times all over the world. In the United States Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May, whereas in Spain they celebrate it on the 8th of December.

The British Mothering Sunday or Mothers Day falls on Sunday 18th March this year, and most mothers would say this day is almost as important as their own birthday!  The fact that Mothers Day always falls on a Sunday gives most mothers the chance to put their feet up (maybe even have breakfast in bed), be spoilt rotten and, of course, be loved and appreciated by their children and spouses alike.

Mind you, there are a few of us who actually do forget Mothers Day, an amazing 15% in fact, as pointed out by an Internet Poll. And, as also pointed out, some mothers really do not want to receive cleaning products or a night out to their husband’s favourite restaurant.  Home and school made cards usually come high on the list and most mothers would say anything their kids give them will be treasured and remembered, something as simple as a hand print or foot print! Of course, this is only possible if they haven’t been banned from doing so, which was actually reported to have happened in a school in Carmarthen, Dyfed. 

A brief look at the history of Mothering Sunday in the UK tells us that it has been celebrated since the 16th century. It is not a fixed date because it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday). Traditionally servants were given time off to return home and visit their mother, often taking a small gift or posy of flowers. Better-off servants would bring a special mothering cake or “Simnel Cake”. At the time, most young people in service lived away from their families and this was a rare opportunity to spend time with them.

Over the centuries Mothers Day became more and more commercialized, as surely it would. Is Mothering Sunday a rip-off? Well, how much is a bunch of daffodils?  Prices are inflated and the vendors cash in, this is only to be expected. You only have one Mum and if children and husbands want to show how much she is loved then let them. After all, who is it who relates all that good advice as we grow up...? Mum! 

As my dear mum used to say “Mother’s always right” and blow me, she always was! Here are some pieces of advice and learning given by our wonderful mothers:


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My Mother taught me:

  • LOGIC...  "If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the shop with me".
  • MEDICINE... "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way".
  • TO THINK AHEAD... "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!"
  • ESP... "Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?"
  • TO MEET A CHALLENGE... "What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"
  • HUMOR... "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me".
  • TO BECOME AN ADULT... "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up".
  • ABOUT SEX... "How do you think you got here?"
  • GENETICS... "You are just like your father!"
  • HERITAGE... "Do you think you were born in a barn?"
  • WISDOM of AGE... "When you get to be my age, you will understand".
  • ANTICIPATION... "Just wait until your father gets home".
  • RECEIVING... "You are going to get it when we get home".
  • JUSTICE... "One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU... then you'll see what its like".

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!



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