Mind Spill Blog Yesterday while on my annual last minute Mother’s Day shopping trip, I had just about the worst experience I think I have ever had. First I had to go to the Coach store to send back my “Man Purse” because the buckle on the front pocket was becoming loose & when I go to the store, it was a total frenzy on other last minute shoppers. So after waiting in line for a bit, I finally got to the register to get my bag assessed. The cashier was very friendly & accommodating even offering my 40% off any new bag if I found one that fit my needs. Unfortunately everything they had was not sufficient & was obviously for a woman.

As my transaction was wrapping up, I heard the most obnoxious ghetto ring tone ever & the volume was so loud I heard it from 10 feet away loud & clear. Because I was so shocked at the volume & the ring tone (some rap song) I looked at the woman whose phone it was in utter disgust (reflex). I was not the only to glare at her in line & as I looked away, she made the comment “damn ain’t no body every heard a phone ring before?” Well 1) I have as I am not deaf, 2) why is you phone so fucking loud are you deaf, & 3) why have some stupid as rap song as a ring tone it’s annoying to everyone else. I choose to ignore her, completed my transaction & moved on to shop for my mamma & Suite Suzy.

Now that my “man purse” drama is over I need get Suite Suzy the watch she has been hinting at which I found at Marshall Field’s Dept Store (Hudson’s to anyone in MI). I arrive at the watch counter to check out what is available & the clerk asked me if she could help me & I said “yes please.” She continued to stand there vs. approaching me to actually take care of me so I just stood there I looked at here like she was a damn fool. She eventually approached me & asked again if she could help me. This time she actually did her fucking job & started to pull out watches for me to assess. I eventually picked the one that I thought that Suite Suzy wanted I purchased then moved on to get my mamma’s gift,

My mom is a perfume fiend so perfume was the obvious choice. As I made me my through Marshall Field’s I was overwhelmed be all of the perfumes etc. Every turn I made I was sprayed at like I was a roach being fumigated. After a while I was starting to get pissed off, & was starting to rethink my gift options. I was accosted by every perfume counter worker that I passed, I was starting to get paranoid, I mean these women in white coats when coming after me from out of nowhere. Eventually I ended up at the Elizabeth Arden counter & the woman there was not pushy so I settled there to check out her offerings & she directed me to the new Catherine Zeta-Jones perfume line (“Provocative Woman.”), the she asked me if I wanted to smell it & I bluntly told her hell no (If I smelled anything else I was going to blow major chunks). To get the hell out of there ASAP I asked her to wrap up what she thought would be the best option, then she rang me up & I ran for the door like never before.

After being in aroma purgatory, I headed for Lord & Taylor to buy myself a gift & I as made the corner to the store, I saw all of these clearance signs & was like wait, it is really the start of the summer merchandising period, whet the hell could be on clearance already. Well after I got closer to the store I saw that the signs were actually close out signs because the store was closing. At this point I rushed through the store & saw that they mainly had winter merchandise 30-60% & hardly anything for spring/summer.

Because I like to shop off season for good deals this was still a win-win situation but eventually I started to realize that all of the big boy sizes were gone (if I were a 34-36 I would have been in heaven). The good news & bottom line of this store visit was that I found the Michael Kors wool ¾ length coat I saw back before x-mas originally 300 bucks now 99. I quickly snatched that up & found a cashmere sweater for only 30 bucks, a plaid summer blazer for 40 bucks & finally some Godiva Specialty Truffles for my mom & Suite Suzy for Mother’s Day. Finally cost for all 199.36!!!

Now that I had gifts all I needed to get was cards, so after I picked up my kids we scooped by Hallmark so they could get the card they wanted & that took like 45 minutes as they debated back & forth. Finally everything was purchased & I just needed to sneak it all in the house, which I did successfully. It’s 830 pm.

About 915pm the power in my neighborhood goes out (very frequent occurrence) & thank God that dinner was prepared before hand. While the delicious meal was still hot, we ate as a family by candle light. Before dinner Suite Suzy called DTE (energy provider) to report the lights being out & to find out if there was an estimate on when the lights would be on. The automated response informed her that the lights would be on in an estimated 3 hours & based on this, we chilled for the night.

It’s now 130am the lights are still not on & I have been reading by candle light at the dinner table.

It’s now 630am & my cell phone alarm is going off as I awaken to discover that the power is still off & fall back to sleep.

It’s now 730am & DTE finally decided to cut the fucking power on & all of my bedroom & bathroom lights illuminate & we all breath a sigh of relief wish Suite Suzy a happy Mother’s day then fall right back to sleep.

BTW, once my mom opened the perfume I finally was open to smelling & it smelled very beautiful. She loved it & both my mom & Suite Suzy laughed at the name as my mom has been known to be a “Provocative Woman.”
Origins of Mother’s Day:
Contrary to popular belief, Mother’s Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.”

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother’s group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother’s day tradition.

Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers. Source

Mother’s Day Corsage Meanings:
indicates your mother is alive
indicates your mother passed away
indicates a bereaved mother