That time of year again - Mother's Day and the Ride of Respect 2012. I've managed to arrange an 11 am start time, and hope to meet commenter Conniesdad there (or later for a coffee if not). I'm looking forward to that.
I spent a bit of time hunting round the shops the other day, looking for a jokey gift to Anna from Bonkers Dog and Rescue Cat. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the cheesy Mothers' Day stuff, but curiously I find I am more in sympathy with it than ever before. When my own mother was alive, I was full of all the angry young man stuff about commercialisation, greedy companies cashing in on a traditional religious occasion (getting all that faux outrage on behalf of a religion I didn't share), "It's Mothering Sunday, really, you know".
Now that I don't have anyone to buy for, I realise what I prick I used to be.
If you have a mother, give her a hug today. One day, you'll wish you could.