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May 11, 2009

Paging Dr. Freud

Image: Flickr/Sylvia Chan

Image: Flickr/Sylvia Chan

I hope everyone out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I know that I did. For once, the cards and flowers that I sent to my significant mother figures actually arrived on time (let’s hear it for margin!). I didn’t cook or clean at all, I went shopping at H&M, and my kids allowed me to snuggle back into the covers an extra few minutes without sneaking in to ask when breakfast would be ready.

Not bad at all.

So, check off another nice Mother’s Day and move on to the dog days of summer. But before we leave this Hallmark Holiday for good, I had to point out something that I found the other day while searching for the perfect card to send.

I was drawn to it because of the cute picture – who can resist little feet, after all? But the message inside made me cringe. On the front it says,
“Lately I feel like something has come between us.”
and on the inside it reads,

“I’m cool with that. Happy Mother’s Day”

Now, I’m probably reading too much into this, but I am a writer – That’s what I do.
Does anyone else find this a little Oedipal? Is this what King Claudius gave Queen Gertruude on Mother’s Day – a picture of little Hamlet driving a wedge between them?

Yikes.

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