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There is a fine line...

March 30th, 2014 (11:22 am)

...between being pedantic and being factually accurate. And I'm not sure which side of that line this falls.

But can I just point out that today is Mothering Sunday, not Mother's Day?

Kthxbai.

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Posted by: iRamble (redatt)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
bother

You can try to point that out and claim it's factually inaccurate, but we're not all religious and as the article you link to says, "People from Ireland and the UK started celebrating Mothers' Day on the same day that Mothering Sunday was celebrated". So to be factually accurate and pedantic-er than thou: it's Mothering Sunday AND Mothers' Day :-p

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
K Baby pic

But then, just because they started to use the American term for the much older British tradition doesn't actually mean they were right to do so. And of course 'mothering' is a much more inclusive term than 'mother'...

Posted by: iRamble (redatt)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)

Eh? It's seem to me that they didn't start calling Mothering Sunday, Mother's Day they started celebrating Mother's Day on the day that was traditionally Mothering Sunday. That might be silly and annoying to some but as it's no more exploitative than Christianity coopting existing feast days etc in order to get people celebrating Christian holidays instead, I'm personally inclined not to care :-D

I don't really see how 'mothering' is really more inclusive than 'mother' and as a religious holiday/holiday with religious origins I thinks it's actually less inclusive.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh Dear

I don't really see how 'mothering' is really more inclusive than 'mother'

Mothering is done by many people. Only one can be your mother.

I actually do celebrate at church, where we include aunts, grannies, foster families, single dads, the neighbour who looks after you until your parents get home from work and so on, as they all mother as a verb, even though they may not be mothers, or the mothers of those who are there.

But my preferred term is not really to do with whether I go to church or not, I mainly I just regret the loss of older, traditional, terms because I am a cranky old woman!



Edited at 2014-03-30 09:53 pm (UTC)

Posted by: iRamble (redatt)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)

Not sure the church would have seen it that way.

I know plenty of people with more than one mother/mum and I know dads who take on and perform traditional mother roles and one who gets 'thanks' on Mother's Day as well as Father's Day (greedy or him, I know). I think for most Mother's Day encorporates all that's associated with motherhood.

Mother's Day has a counterpart, Father's Day -- is there a Fathering Sunday? I don't know -- which also helps keep things nice and inclusive.

I'm personally not that fussed by either, but as much as do either it's definitely Mother's Day, not Mothering Sunday, for me.

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Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Cool

It never has been in the past, as it doesn't have the back history - but we could start a new fashion!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: March 30th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
Mums are like buttons

Absolutely you can!

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