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As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded yet again of my wisdom, when my children were quite young, in banning its celebration from my personal calendar. I was never comfortable being honoured by generic rituals for a generic role in which my children were harnessed, via cards and gifts, into the equivalent of “compelled speech.” It was always my opinion that if my children loved me and appreciated what I did for them, they would let me know in their own way and in their own time. It would be me they were honouring, not a Hallmark “day” in which flowers-and-brunch correctness governed their actions.

But at least, back in the day, when one did receive a card from one’s child, it merely said innocent stuff like, “I love you” or “You are the best mother” or “Thank you for all the nice things you do for me.” It did not occur to children to use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to mock and deride their fathers.

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