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Note to Self for Next Mother's Day

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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."

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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.


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
tennmom May 12, 2010, 7:33 AM

I am so exciting, I asked for and received 2 serving platters and a set of soup bowls, ha!
I love them, but not as much as the pictures my daughters drew on huge sheets of the butcher paper my mom keeps on hand for them.

OUTRAGED!!! May 13, 2010, 6:02 AM

I agree with this article completly! I always tell my hubby and kids not to spend anything on me for mother’s day. I think it is a complete Hallmark Holiday and I don’t need anything. My kids are great kids and tell me every day how much they appreciate me. I get random homemade cards from my kids all the time. I don’t need them to give me special presents on mother’s day. A simple “Happy Mother’s Day” is fine for me. My mother’s day present from my 14 year old daughter…keeping my 9 year old son outside playing all day! That was good enough for me. All you mom’s who expect something on mother’s day and cry and whine about not getting anything…Shame on you. I think this is a great idea. Let’s donate the money to help those less fortunate. I am not rich, but I know I have it a little bit better than others. Let’s remember those that need the help. Those women in shelters trying to protect their kids. Those who had to flee from every comfort they had to keep their kids safe. I am all for this! Thanks to the author for finally showing some backbone!

Danielle May 13, 2010, 6:08 AM

It’s obviously an epidemic or else they wouldn’t have these facts.


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