18 thoughts on “Mothers’ Day open thread

  1. My mum is a big fan of Obama but she doesn’t like Kevin Rudd. Maybe it something to do with proximity.

  2. TerjeP (say Taya), politics aside I wish your mum all the best on mother’s day. As for the other matters, I have screwed up and posted you a reply at ‘Nuclear power: the last reply’.

  3. I cycled by my local cemetery this am and was staggered by the number of visitors. Had to be dead mother’s day.

  4. @TerjeP (say Taya)
    Terje – your mother sounds OK – what happened to you…. (just joking)? Dont tell me you are the black sheep? Things could be much worse. My mother thought John Howard was OK.

  5. The schmaltz of the day and all its cloying saccharine is hard to take. Four lots of flowers in a home where people suffer hay fever is not sensible.

  6. Mothers day was nothing in our house, my dear mum expects nothing. But oh boy have I been getting in trouble not getting the message and facilitating the kiddiwinks celebration of their mum’s existence.

    Still, I didn’t expect fatehrs day and I get that, so swings and roundabouts.

    had a lovely day.

  7. First Mother’s Day in 60 years that mum hasn’t been around for me.
    I missed her today.
    Obviously mothers should be celebrated an appreciated.

  8. @wilful
    Wilful – managed to sit briefly through “the three (elderly) tenors” taking one 83 plus year old hubby’s mother to her favourite place which is close and manageable mobility wise – an RSL club show – only to have her say loudly

    “Im blind, not deaf. God love a duck Joe (her hubby), why did we come here? I dont like eating in the dark…and to her son – you shouldnt have parked where you did (concerned about blocking a fire door – which wasnt blocked). Im really going to do my block in a minute.”

    It was a show with candles on the table. I called for three more candles… running for water so she could take her pills…on knees on floor under the table, in the dark, looking for tiny white dropped pill. Hasty meal and retreat to better lit bistro for coffee trying not to giggle. A tiger of a matriarch.

  9. As always, capitalism and commercialisation destroy everything they touch.

    “The United States celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. In the 1880s and 1890s there were several attempts to establish a Mother’s Day, but they didn’t succeed beyond the local level.[47] The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honor one’s mother.[3] Jarvis wanted to accomplish her mother’s dream of making a celebration for all mothers, although the idea didn’t take off until she enlisted the services of wealthy Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker.[48] She kept promoting the holiday until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.[47] The holiday eventually became so highly commercialized that many, including its founder, Anna Jarvis, considered it a “Hallmark Holiday”, i.e. one with an overwhelming commercial purpose. Jarvis eventually ended up opposing the holiday she had helped to create.[3][49] She died in 1948, regretting what had become of her holiday.[48] In the United States, Mother’s Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like; it is also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls.[50]” – Wikipedia.

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    Perhaps the most important conference on the future of the Left in Australia in years…

    This week at Left Focus we’re promoting the Australian Left Renewal Conference – to be held in Sydney at the end of this month. (May 2010) Includes the ‘strategic direction of the Left’ and …‘the ecological failure of global capitalism’.

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  11. sorry – have just realised this is just for mother’s day – apologies 🙂

  12. @Chris Warren
    Yeah – Ill second that – I love Mothers – even grumpy old mothers. What would we do without them?.

    I saw a young Mum today threaten to leave her two year old in the doctor’s surgery because two year old was busy with head on floor looking through her upright legs backwards (oh for the perfect flexibility thinks me…head flat on floor and feet as well…and looking backwards through her own legs)

    Two year old didnt like geing called “time to go” …so sat down and did the perfect splits and looked totally unconcerned. Despite numerous fairewells from Mum and Grandma…and threats to leave…two year old sat her ground.

    Finally scooped up and taken away…I made the comment “she won.” Grandma said “yes she did ” laughing.

    It was a lovely scene !

  13. BBC – “David Cameron is UK’s new prime minister ”

    This is bad news for UK mothers.

  14. ohh, that GFC, it was devastating and totally accidental,
    Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Company each finished the first quarter of 2010 without losing money for even one day.
    Experts said it would be difficult to repeat such a remarkable feat this quarter.

    a few others have tried but no-one seems to know what the odds are that four banks could all win on an open market for every day of the quarter

    anyone with money in stocks is now officially a moron, it is difficult fo me to understand how is that this charade continues and the media continues to support it,
    i am disgusted on a daily basis

  15. @Philomena
    Dear Philo – thankyou so much for the compliment.
    Where have you been????

    Smiths – me too. Id really like to get through my day without being disgusted at what I read in the news and what I hear about the financial markets and what I am sold as being “good for me and good for the country”…when something deep inside…is screaming “This is so bad – its such bad policy. This is all wrong.”

  16. re Brit election, #15, another centre party falls over at the moment of truth.
    Sad, gutless, inexplicable.
    The only hope for britain now rests with British Labour’s ability to reform and reinvigorate itself from within, which is about as likely as pigs flying.

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