Kate Meyers: On Mother's Day morning, I sat in my bed here in Colorado -- with my special latte and the Sunday New York Times -- and read with interest Nicholas Kristof's editorial, "Celebrate: Save a Mother."
By the way, I'm truly thankful for the mother of Nicholas Kristof, because a reporter with a great mind and a caring heart is a gift to us all. Among the many mind-blowing facts in his article, there were two in particular that floored me:
1) Fourteen BILLION dollars will be spent in the U.S. on Mother's Day next year, and that figure is enough to educate the 60 million girls around the world who aren't attending school, effectively ending female illiteracy.
2) About $670 million will be spent on greeting cards alone.
We moms can always use a celebration, but homemade cards, breakfast in bed, lots of kisses and someone else running the show for a day is gratitude aplenty. How cool would it be if all the moms in the U.S. requested that money spent on material gifts would be redirected and donated to organizations that help women and children?
Imagine the cumulative effect of all that money helping instead of going into flowers that wither and cards that end up in a drawer. We don't need more stuff. We need a better planet. I don't doubt that women can save the world, but first they need to be healthy and educated.