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." I wasn't thinking about my day of pampering ahead, but instead about the millions of girls around the world who don't have an education.
This will be my first Mother's Day without my mom. She died in December, and the last thing she said to me was, "Kiss me, Kate." I did, many times. And even though I'm a mother, I don't think of this day as mine. I think of it as hers. She hated it nonetheless.
Here's a dirty little secret: What most moms I know want for Mother's Day is a DAY OFF.
But most moms I know are also so filled with guilt or so afraid to state their wishes that they have trouble asking for it.
OK, I already love Michelle Obama. But I love her even more now that I know she doesn't understand Twitter.