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Today is Mother’s Day. Another commercial holiday marketing success story. Actually, I checked with Wikipedia and found that Mother’s Day has a very interesting history which involved the Civil War, temperance and the anti-war movement in 1872 among other things.

Per Wikipedia, “Mother’s Day is now one of the most commercially successful American occasions, having become the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States and generating a significant portion of the U.S. jewelry industry’s annual revenue, from custom gifts like mother’s rings. Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts—like spa treatments—and another $68 million on greeting cards.”

I have no one to celebrate with so I’m simply posting a picture of my Mom from the 50’s. It always makes me laugh and remember how good-natured she was. My aunt took the pic and was notorious for such photographic flubs.

Mom and the Flowering Tree Hat by Auntie M.

Make sure you give your Mom a hug today, even if only by phone. You can’t imagine what it’s like when she’s gone. It’ll take you by surprise and hurt like hell.

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