It was Mother’s Day here in the UK this past Sunday but they call it ‘Mothering Sunday’ instead. I bought both my Mother and Mother-in-law a card. Me auld Ma lives in the US and Mother’s Day is (I dunno when-does this make me a bad daughter?) so I had to buy me Mum’s card now as they wont sell them later. Are you with me? As for my Mother-in-law, I got her a card and a plant because she is an English rose, she really is. She graciously accepted her card and plant then offered to make me a cup of tea. When an English person offers to make you a cup of tea, ALWAYS accept. It was a lovely cup of tea served in a china cup and not a mug. That is just how she rolls, that English rose.
Mother’s Day around the world is usually a day when Mothers are lavished with gifts and flowers from their children. A sort of ‘thanks.’ It is a nice sentiment. The origins of Mother’s Day in the UK is as follows. It was a sort of compassionate holiday for the working classes in England. Around Lent, servants and trade workers were allowed to travel back to their home towns to visit their families. Also, Mothering Day provided a one day reprieve from fasting and penance of Lent (Thank God), so that families across England could enjoy a family meal together where the Mother was the guest of honour. Mums were presented with cakes and flowers and were visited by their children, who lived both near and far.
Happy Mothering Sunday Y’all