Dear Writer of Mother’s Day Promotions,

You must be very young.  Have you led a gifted life, with a be-ribboned car on your 16th birthday, and diamond studs when you graduated from college?  Is that what you think it’s about?  Is that why you are doing what you’re doing?

You do not understand what it is like to be a mother.  Or to lose a mother.

If you did, you would write more carefully.  You would find a way, even though you are peddling jewelry or gift cards or meals, to tell people to appreciate what they have now.  And celebrate what they once did.

Please, please understand that just because you are lucky, not everyone is.  Image

Very sincerely,

A mother and a daughter