God's extended family

Reflections on Mother's Day
In terms of commercial activity, Mother’s Day is the third-biggest holiday in the U.S., with 140 million greeting cards sold and $7 billion spent on presents and meals—and 60 million roses. Robert Fulghum assembled this information for his book It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It two decades ago, and I rediscovered it in my “Mother” file. Fulghum, who was a Unitarian minister, remembers that his congregation had clear expectations for the second Sunday in May. One woman said: “I’m bringing my mother to church on Mother’s Day, Reverend, and you can talk about anything you want. But it had better include Mother, and it had better be good.”


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