By Mary Oishi, Development Director
The card stores can’t stock all the Mother’s Day messages for every situation.
When my two mothers were alive, I never knew which ones to buy. One
was for my biological mother, but I lived with her only one year of my
life and it seemed like receiving my card may have been a difficult
experience for her rather than a happy one. The other was for the woman I
called “Mom,” but most of the pre-printed messages were not exactly
what I wanted to convey to her either.
I want to celebrate my own motherhood, but I feel ambivalent about
posting pictures of my daughter and I in our Mother’s Day tradition of
reading poetry together and having a wonderful lunch afterward. Yes,
being her mother is one of the greatest joys of my life. But each
Mother's Day I also think of my friends who lost children, or who have
no children and lost mothers. They neither get nor give cards, flowers,
and lovely lunches. They deserve cards and honoring rituals as well.
Some of them nurture children for their family members, in classrooms
and domestic violence shelters--any number of ways. How about an Awesome
Person Day? (Or maybe we should go back to Julia Ward Howe’s
original 1870 Mother’s Peace Day: established not to celebrate specific
mothers, but to celebrate the hoped-for eradication of war).
Human life is a tapestry of so many different stories and situations.
The cards can’t possibly fit all of them. This month KUNM tells
different mothers’ stories at 11 am on Mother’s Day. But every day of
the year you hear a wide variety of stories, told on our news and public
affairs programs and through the great variety of music we bring you 7
days a week, from “Gracias a la vida…” to “Motherless children have a
I love that about KUNM. Unlike the card shelves with far too limited
options, we have something for just about everyone. Your support helps
to keep it that way!