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22nd-Mar-2009 05:18 pm
Guess who's awesome and deserves to hear from you today?

Your Mum.

This substanceless Mothering Sunday post brought to you by waking up this morning thinking we had sprung forward, and a busy day in the NHM galleries, after which I am far too tired to write a long post about why my mum is better than your mum.

But she is, trust me on this.

While we're at it, I'll raise this virtual glass to all current and future mothers reading this; you may not be appreciated as much as you deserve, but you are one of the most important people in the world to someone, and the world thanks you for that someone.

And to everyone without a mother to honour today; may the day be peaceful for you as well.
22nd-Mar-2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
*sadface* I don't get to see Mum today. I was going to go home after work, but she got offered overtime on double pay and won't be home til 10. I have to be back in for 9am tomorrow, so it wasn't worth it. I might get to see her tomorrow, but I'm not overly hopeful, and my first chance after that will be next Monday, when we're going to see Mary Poppins. :S

I'll phone her later, though.
22nd-Mar-2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
and today I learned that Mother's Day is different in the UK and US. huh.
22nd-Mar-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's not Mother's Day here, but you know what? My mum is awesome.

I'm a call her.
23rd-Mar-2009 08:07 am (UTC)
I disagree.

My mum is just as awesome as yours.

23rd-Mar-2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Man, our Mother's day is way later in the year, but anyway.
Do I really have to call her? I don't want to, and I feel like I'm a special case who should get an exemption.
23rd-Mar-2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I've no idea why other countries have a later day. I assume it's not at the same time as ours because ours is a longstanding cultural tradition resulting from a rigid class structure marinaded for centuries years in cultural Christianity, and others aren't - the same reason we're alone in having a Boxing Day bank holiday on the 26th of December.

What I don't know is why other countries have a Mothers' Day at all. It's like those places that have Mardi Gras at apparently random dates months removed from Shrove Tuesday. I'm sure there's a reason, I just don't know what it is and it seems odd.

ETA: I knew you weren't American >_>

Edited at 2009-03-23 12:06 (UTC)
23rd-Mar-2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
I assume we've got Mother's Day at something like a 6 month offset because culturally we're still a colony of England, or at least, were, and we're in the other hemisphere, so we seasonally rotated.

Or at least, that's an explanation that makes some slight ammount of sense.
What doesn't make sense is that our firework celebration day is Guy Fawkes Day, which for us is right at the end of spring, when a lot of the country is gearing up to extreme fire risk.
23rd-Mar-2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I also meant, do I really have to call my mother EVER?

There's a point where I can cut off my blood relations for having done something inexcusable, right?
23rd-Mar-2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know your mother, that's a judgement call.

Is your Easter seasonally rotated, then? Mother's Day is a product of the Christian calendar, not the solar one. (Well, except that Easter's a solar-defined holiday, but still.)
23rd-Mar-2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, no, Easter is still at slowly rotating Easter time.
23rd-Mar-2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Then I don't understand why Mothers' Day would be transposed.
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