My mother had 5 sisters, and they had names that are not often heard anymore, except for one. Agnes, Gertrude, Myrtis, Gladys, and Beth. When these aunts of mine would come for Thanksgiving our house came alive with laughter, almost screeching, as these sisters really enjoyed each other.
Mother’s Day may be the mother of great expectations in our culture. I read a funny blog written by a young mother voicing the things she fantasizes about when she looks toward that all special day. If you’ve been there, you know the wish list. Others face Mother’s Day with less humor.
A few years ago when I was teaching college students, one of my colleagues and I were laughing about excuses students gave for not turning in assignments. My favorite was the student who said she mistakenly mailed her essay in a letter she sent to her grandma overseas. My colleague and I agreed that teaching wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the students.