It is Mother’s Day in the US today, and since Friday, we have been exchanging free E-cards, telephone calls, and emails, wishing our female family members in America a happy Mother’s Day. Yes, Hallmark really lucked out with this holiday.
When my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law asked Josh and I what we would be doing together to celebrate Mother’s Day, I was like, “Uh, I’m going to work?” As far as I know, there is no such thing as Mother’s Day in Israel. Women are SO appreciated and valued in Israel by their families and society at large, that they do not need to be pampered and spoiled on one day of the year in order to know their worth. They are treated like queens every day of the year. Besides, as my husband likes to point out about Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, it is non-Jewish.
Josh was quick to tell his family that Mother’s Day is not celebrated here, and that was the end of that. Since women have a tendency to be illogical creatures, I was slightly peeved. I mean, I don’t care about “Mother’s Day,” I really don’t, but since everyone else makes such a song and dance about it, it wouldn’t have hurt for him to at least say this morning before I left for work, “Happy Mother’s Day.”
My husband has another annoying tendency – whenever I want to be upset with him, he goes ahead and does something very sweet, which throws me for a loop. Under the pretense of going shopping for errands, he came back half an hour later with a massive bouquet of red roses and some Max Brenner chocolates.
We’ve been married for almost five years, and he still surprises me:-)