Hallmark knows that the definition of a "family" varies a lot these days and they definitely make it easy by having a ridiculous number of categories. You have your basic mom and mother. There's stepmother and aunt and grandma/grandmother/nana et al. Cards from the pets are popular, as are cards for women who are mothers to pets.
This year, Hallmark seems to have added a new section.
Let's call it, "Awkward Moments."
Sadly, this card is all too necessary. I wonder if sending a "loss of mother" card on Mother's Day is really a good idea. It's always nice to let people know they're remembered on a day like this but a card? I don't know. It seems like you're saying, "it's Mother's Day and just because you don't have one doesn't mean you don't deserve a card." Are there Valentine's Day cards for people who have a partner who was killed in a car crash?
The "loss of child" one seems really inappropriate. Again, I understand the sentiment. But somehow I think a card reminding someone of a loss like that would just be too much.
Let's file these next 2 cards under "so how do you really feel?" I suppose I understand the "ex" cards. I mean, just because someone's son takes off doesn't mean that son's mom shouldn't get a card. I wish I'd looked on the inside. What's could the sentiment be?
"You're a fabulous lady,
a woman of class.
It pains me to tell you
your son is an ass."
Ouch. This one is just cold. I can only imagine how awkward this day is for kids who have a stepmother. You don't want to get a Mother's Day card--that would be betraying your real mother. But there are lot's of alternate choices for this occasion, including generic ones that don't address anyone in particular. "Dad's Wife?" That's making a statement.
I suppose we'll start seeing cards that involve everyone for every holiday.
- To my favorite Protestant on St. Patrick's Day
- Merry Christmas to my Rabbi
- A Glorious Arbor Day to you and your fellow inmates
Well to all the moms, real or imagined, have a happy Mother's day.