Another year has gone by and I find myself facing the same quandary I faced last year. I was hoping somehow this year would be different, but, alas, it is not. Many people complain about how fast things are changing, I complain about those things that do not change at all.
Interestingly, the things you want to change refuse to do so and the things you want to stay the same never do. I wish someone would figure out how to reverse this tedious trend of life. I have worked on it but to no success.
Now we have on our hands tremendous pressure to purchase a yearly Mother's Day card. When it comes to card buying, I simply do not know where to go. Oh, I know where to get them; I simply do not know which one to purchase.
One year I tried to remedy my Mother's Day card-buying dilemma by buying a box of 50 cards that were on sale right after Mother's Day. I thought I had hit the mother load, so to speak.
The first year I presented my Mother's Day card to my wife and she gave me all kinds of smiles and hugs. I was relieved to have solved a big problem in my home. I now could rest and focus on solving other problems in my life, of which there are many.
It was the second year that kicked me in the teeth.
As usual, that year, I presented my wife with her Mother's Day card. Trust me; I was not fully geared up for the response I got. I was expecting smiles and hugs like the year before. What I got was a glare and a shrug.
She looked at me and said something I shall never forget. "Isn't this the same card you gave me last year?"
Apparently, good protocol rules out giving the same card two years in a row. Who knew? I didn't.
This brings me to the second part of my quandary.
When did it become necessary for husbands to buy their wives Mother's Day cards?
It starts out rather innocently enough as most things do. Then, in my opinion, it gets out of hand.
When the children start coming into the home it is quite natural, because they are too young to make such important decisions, for the father to buy the Mother's Day card on behalf of the children.
I gave my wife her first Mother's Day card. She was so excited. Because she was excited, so was I. This is where the whole nonsense starts.
What I want to know is when do husbands stop buying Mother's Day cards for their wives? Looking back over my experience, I can see no way where I can opt out of this annual event. When do the children take control of this yearly responsibility?
In spite of my quandary, it is important to honor both fathers and mothers.
"Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth" (Ephesians 6:2-3).
Would anybody want to buy a box of 48 Mother's Day cards, cheap?