OMG! I forgot it was Mother’s Day!

Well not that it was Mother’s Day. Of course I remembered it was Mother’s Day and was looking forward to breakfast in bed and a day when the kids slaved after me. And I was planning to pop over to Mum’s with a bunch of flowers and have a cup of tea.

This is my extreme Mum, sledding at Goshen, USA, earlier this year.

I was still feeling rather sorry for myself in bed nursing my cold when the call came.

“So we’ll see you at 12 for lunch?” says Dad.
“Lunch at the club – your whole family – remember? I booked it ages ago?”
“… um… yes… okay we’ll be there.”
“Oh and don’t forget Groover’s mum.”
“Sure…” I say weakly falling back against the pillow.

“Is there something you want to tell me?” asks Groover.

Dad had booked us in to his club for lunch weeks ago. I’d forgotten. Hugamuga and Groover were going to football at 11.30am and we hadn’t told his mother that she was invited along too.

I swung into action. Rang the coach – turned out Hugamuga wasn’t on the list for this weekend anyway – warned him that Groover wouldn’t be there to be a runner (the coach was okay with that). Groover rang his mum and told her to get her glad rags on – he was taking her to lunch.

And we were ready. Drugged up to the eyeballs in cold and flu tablets but dressed, made up, in the car.

It was a very pleasant lunch and thank goodness it all came together.

In the afternoon I was a “proper” mother and ironed my kids’ shirts for school. (Usually I make them do it themselves)

And it’s FYO dinner night at the Redsultana house tonight!

Because frankly my dears, while I could give a damn, I need to put my feet up. After all, it is mother’s day, remember?

PS: Is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Some apostrophe help would be greatly appreciated. I originally wrote Mothers’ Day as it is a day for all Mothers right? But then it looked wrong and I thought well really you only have one mother (or two maybe if you’re a surrogate or adopted) so maybe it should be Mother’s Day… What do you think?

PPS: FYO = Find Your Own

10 Replies to “OMG! I forgot it was Mother’s Day!”

  1. FYO = find your own
    ‘figured that…
    now, about PPS??

    PS 🙂 your Mum looks Great in that piccie.

    If she’s a Tobogganist, please ask her can I have 20 Winfields and a box-of-matches.

    Ah, the old ones are the best… I mean the joke, of course!

  2. I always put Mother’s Day, not because I’ve put much thought into it but maybe because it’s a personal thing for each individual Mother??

    I don’t know, I’m talking out of my arse here.

    Hope you had a good Mother’s Day 🙂

  3. I’m usually pretty cluey when it comes to apostrophes and while I think Mother’s Day is correct I usually skip the apostrophe altogether in case the other one is the right one. Most mothers probably don’t mind as long as they get the good wishes.

  4. AT LAST someone raises the VEXATIOUS issue of the Mother’s’/Father’s Day apostrophe. I think that it is generally Mother’s to make you think of your mother BUT technically it should be Mothers’ Day because it is a day for ALL mothers. Then again, it could simply be thought of as a day for or about the dear old matriarchs, not a day that necessarily belongs TO them, so Mothers Day would also be fine and, you know, kind of takes the stress out of at least that part of the whole shenanigans.

  5. I worked as a sub-editor in Perth for almost 20 years, and for every one of them I fought for Mothers’ Day. It’s a day for all of them.
    Imagine if it were a day for kids: would you say ‘Sunday is Child’s Day’ or ‘Sunday is Children’s Day’?
    You cannot possibly have ‘Mothers Day’, without the apostrophe — we simply do not have plural adjectives in English. Or plural nouns when they are acting adjectivally. Otherwise we’d have teethbrushes and carsparks and bags ladies.
    The easy way out is to go with the English and call it ‘Mothering Sunday’. Which sounds so witheringly matronly doesn’t it?
    Just called by from M’s blog – howdy!

  6. PS: I’ve succumbed to ‘Mother’s Day’. It felt like a one-woman battle to go the other way, and life’s too short for me to be such a frigging pedant.

  7. I wonder that too … I agree Mothers’ day (can’t say Mothers’s)
    if you are talking about it in general terms lots of mums but if just your Mother – Mother’s day for one !
    Glad you had a great day …

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