Should Women Receive Mother's Day Gifts... Even If They Aren't Mothers?

May 3, 2012 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Seriously. Over the weekend, I overheard a woman going on and on about what she wanted for Mother’s Day. Diamond earrings, a few hours at the spa and a nice dinner out. Except for one small detail–she didn’t have any kids! I almost fell out of my chair when the lady she was with asked, “Your husband does all that and you guys don’t even have kids yet?”

Apparently, her and her husband have an agreement that because she could theoretically have kids, she should get a Mother’s Day present. Is it just me or is that a little… weird?

I don’t mean to sound exclusionary, but it’s Mother’s Day not Women’s Day, right? I mean, she has never stayed up all night with a sick kid or had to sacrifice, well, anything because she couldn’t get a sitter. Mother’s Day is all about saying thanks for those sacrifices. Except, she hasn’t had to make them. So are those diamond earrings like, “Thanks in advance?”

Don’t get me wrong–I’m not a big Mother’s Day mom myself. I’d rather go all out for my own mom than spend my time making a list of what I want. And a lot of the moms I know are fine with breakfast in bed and a break from the daily routine on Mother’s Day. (And yes, a massage would be nice!) I don’t know if I was more struck about how hung up this lady was on Mother’s Day or the fact that she was so hung up on it and didn’t even have kids!

What do you think? Did you receive Mother’s Day gifts before you had kids? Should women without kids receive Mother’s Day presents? Share in the comments.

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