Friday, May 2, 2014

The Truth About Mother's Day Gifts

A couple of years ago, I posted a graphic about how I believe that Mother's Day gifts are largely misunderstood. I decided to share it again this year.

For Mother's Day, I don't want carnations or stuff from a jewelry store at the mall. I really just want an honest, heartfelt acknowledgement from someone who gets how hard it is to be a mom. 

And that's where Mother's Day is broken. Because the only people who really get it are other moms. And we expect kids and husbands and boyfriends to get it and often they don't. Not because they're bad - they're awesome! It's because of the evil Mother's Day propaganda machines. This table explains it in detail. If you have trouble viewing the image - just click to enlarge.


Let's take this all a step further. Yes, unloading the dishwasher is a pain in the ass. But how lucky am I that I have a dishwasher? Let's help out some moms in need this Mother's Day. Click here to find out about our 3rd annual project to help moms on Mother's Day.

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013

42 comments:

  1. I'd like to make it twelve hours without being a WWF referee. I'd also love it if my kids directed their 5 a.m. questions to their dad for this one day.

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  2. So very true. (And I Freaking HATE that stupid "Open heart" jewelry, too.

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    1. My husband is convinced I'm the only one who thinks it looks like boobs and a butt.

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    2. I've called them "boobs and butt" from the first time I saw them. You're not alone!

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    3. I hadn't seen those before. Not impressed!

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    4. I don't think I know anyone who likes them. Which makes me wonder who is buying them.

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    5. ya,I wonder that too?

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    6. You are not alone - boobs and butt all the way - and wondering why in the h-e-double l would someone want to wear jewelry that looks like butt/boobs???

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  3. The best Mother's Day present: Having your daughter with your first grandchild experiencing all those "really wants" listed above who calls you up all the time to tell you how grateful she is that you let her live.

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    1. The other day I called my mom and blanket apologized for being four. I also need to apologize for making a big deal out of cleaning the stove top when it was my turn to do the dishes. I get it now, Mom!

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  4. We call the Jane Seymour necklace the "Trogdor Pendant". The resemblance to the cartoon dragon from Homestar Runner is both eerie and hilarious.

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    1. I never thought of it like that. Until now. And now I won't be able to look at them without seeing Trogdor again.

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  5. How about a mute button for the day to turn off the whines?

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  6. I'd like someone not call/scream/shout/whine/beg 'Mommy' as if the message they are traveling to me with is of dire importance. This morning, my kidlet ran repeating my moniker over and over all while her toddler brother heavy footed a flamenco dance in the background. When I turned to look at her to see what was so exciting and important she exclaimed, "chickens peck with their peckers."

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    1. That brought on a bout of laughing/coughing so severe I may have to use my inhaler. Thanks. ;-)

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  7. When I was a child I remember feeling so proud and grown-up offering my mother a bouquet of carnations. I don't have a passion for those flowers either, but I would feel so happy for my little girl to offer them for Mother's Day. She's only 8 months old now, so those gifts are far away, but even if I only get carnations, I'll be content knowing that she's offered them with all her love.
    Though breakfast in bed might be nice too ;-)

    xoxo Paris Bee Kids Blog

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  8. All I want is some super quality chocolate ...

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  9. So funny. My rules with jewelry follow simple logic too (love the butt and boob description!): if it looks like a marshmallow peep, a heart, or you saw it on tv...then you can safely pass. If you keep your heart open, misshapen gems will find their way in.

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  10. Years ago, my son asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day. I said I wanted him and his sister not to fight for one whole day. He paused...." it has to fit in a box mom".

    Now as teenagers they get along quite well!

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  11. all I want it's a phone call...

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  12. If only unborn children could give you gifts... I'd like this one to back off from up under my ribs just a little bit so I can breathe without feeling like I'm being stabbed.

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  13. I'll be getting the best Mother's Day Present of all! My husband is coming home from Afghanistan the Saturday before and after going at it for the past 5 months on my own (active duty Navy myself) I finally get my family together again!! Did I mention my Mira-cle will be 10 months shortly after?? Happy Mothers Day!!

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  14. It's because buying a gift only takes a few moments. To really sit back, think about mom and all she does for the world and to be grateful, takes too much time! I also would love some acknowledgement for all we do as moms. But, alas the male population was born short a few cells somewhere :)

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  15. This is so funny! Though in reality I just want an acknowledgement that they remembered it's Mothers Day and not have to cook supper.

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  16. I love this. To even be able to pee without someone asking what you doin mama? I had never thought about it looking like boobs and a butt but it does.

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  17. I would like to not have to hide in the house cringing and crying because the whole day is a reminder that I'm not a mom anymore since my son died. Why can't everyone be grateful to their mothers every day, and leave off the public orgy?

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    1. Despite your tragedy you will always be a mother. A mother in your heart, mind and soul. Mothers are eternal despite what happens to us all here. :D

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    2. <3 for janice.

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  18. well i just know the truth about mothers day gift that to my mother more happy in this day.

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  19. For the past two years, I've gotten what I wanted for Mother's Day. A holiday with our kid(s) all to ourselves! The in-laws tend to be very insistent about having us over on holidays, and when we do come by, they tend to try to monopolize our kids. Well, my second Mother's Day was absolutely awful, as I was sick, barely got to spend any time with my own son, and then my husband's grandmother made me cry. (She's not the nicest woman.) We've spent Mother's Day with just us ever since!

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  20. I already showed my mom what I got her for Mother's Day and she loved it. I showed it to her because it's a project on Kickstarter.com called Wingo, and won't be ready in time for Mother's Day. Pretty cool though!

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  21. Amazing post. I couldn't find the perfect and useful mother's day gifts and you helped me alot.
    Thanks

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  22. My husband and I just separated. We are still friends, but the marriage overall wasn't working. We are both focusing on making both our futures the best they can be for our little girl. What I would like most for Mother's Day is for my little girl to not hear both grandmothers rage conspiracy theories about her mum and dad.
    I'm thinking of holding it at our house (we're co-existing for the moment) and seeing how opinionated they are then.

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  23. HAHAHAHA I don't know if it's true, but you gotta read this article on the "truth of what inspired the open hearts design".
    http://wp.uwmcforum.com/2012/02/29/jane-seymour-finally-admits-true-origin-of-her-open-hearts-jewelry/

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  24. This is so funny and true I almost cried. Thanks for this great post and for your blog. My first words this morning were "why don't you go and ask your father" and this was at about 5am.

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