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Mothers' Day hyperbolePosted Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 4:47 PM
My social media threads were filled with braggadocios claims about mothers on Sunday. This was to be expected as it was Mothers' Day.
The problem I had was that people went as far as saying they have "the best mother in the world," or other similar things.
I'm glad everyone likes her or his mother. Good for them. Mothers' Day is a holiday I can support.
That's no reason to lie.
The excellent thing about Mothers' Day, compared to other holidays, is that although it comes but once a year, it is certainly not the only day mothers are appreciated.
Anytime I want to buy a gift for someone I inevitably wait until Christmas to do so, which is a horrible philosophy. Why shouldn't I be able to get someone a present on my own time?
The same goes for things like Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween*, etc. If I want to show my love and appreciation for someone (or my country) I should be able to do it now. Or whenever.
Mothers' Day is a little different since anytime someone wants to appreciate their mother they are free to do so. Nobody wants to buy their mom flowers or make her dinner and says to her or himself, Nah, I'll wait until the middle of May.
The problem I had (see above, second paragraph) is that everyone lies and says they have the best mother in the world. I'm not saying your mother is bad. I'm sure she's excellent.
But my mother is the best, and that makes your mother (at best) second best. She is probably much lower than that since my grandma belongs in the top five, and the mothers of most of my friends are surely in the top 10 worldwide.
All this hyperbole seems like a fine idea in theory, but in reality it makes you
There is only one BEST, and that is my mom.
(*) People love dressing in costumes. Why is this only acceptable once a year? If they added another day where people disguise themselves and walk around the neighborhood in May, who would complain about this? And furthermore, if I want to give away candy to small children that I don't know, why can I only do this one night in the fall?
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