Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is officially Mothering Sunday in the UK and Ireland. Did you know that the official spelling of Mother’s Day places the apostrophe before the “s” rather than after it? This spelling was a specific requirement, set out by Anna Jarvis, the woman who pioneered Mother’s Day in the US. She wanted the singular possessive used because she wished for each family to honour their mother, as opposed to honouring all mothers in the world. According to Wikipedia, Anna Jarvis also envisioned Mother’s Day to be a day free from commercialism, a day that would concentrate instead on small gestures, such as the giving of a white carnation or a handwritten letter. It didn’t quite work out like that, did it?
This is my second Mother’s Day since Little Man arrived. It wasn’t quite commercialism free, because I got a Hallmark card – but I’m not complaining. In fact I enjoyed receiving my card from Little Man, picked out by his Daddy. And my mother and I were treated to a lovely meal this evening. I hope all you lovely Mammies out there enjoyed your day as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!