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Mother’s Day Madness May 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.

The-Pink-PantherFirst came March Madness.  Now it’s time for Mother’s Day Madness.

Every time I turn around some entity is telling me what to give mom for Mother’s Day ~ flowers, chocolates, wine, diamonds, candy, precious gems, silver, gold, etc..

And it’s not just for-profit businesses that want my mad money for Mother’s Day.  Non-profits want in on the action too.

And institutes of higher learning.

Pluto-RollerskatingThe Sierra Club suggested that mom might like a stuffed animal for Mother’s Day.

No, no, not a real animal stuffed by a taxidermist, a soft cuddly plush toy suitable for ages 1 – 100.

USC suggested that I get mom something in team colors so she can support the team every time she doesn’t watch a game.

Um . . . no.

But my favorite suggestion thus far.


Hands down.

Tears rolling down my face as I laughed out loud at the audacity, the inanity, the sheer insanity of the suggestion.


Yup.  That’s right.

If you don’t know what to get mom for Mother’s Day, consider getting her a Hotdog-On-A-Stick.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - May 9, 2015

My mother would probably enjoy that. She’s not into expensive gifts. 🙂

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

I sent mom candy . . . she called (with cheeks bulging) to thank me! Who needs jewelry?! :mrgreen:

“Simple pleasures are life treasures.”

2. anotherday2paradise - May 9, 2015

Haha Hot diggity dawg! What a brilliant suggestion, Nancy. Why didn’t I think of that? 😀

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Many moms want to be taken out to dinner on Mother’s Day ~ now we can take them to the ball park for a Ball Park Frank!

anotherday2paradise - May 9, 2015


3. granny1947 - May 9, 2015

A commercial racket.
The sad part is I feel obliged to be part of the madness.

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

I opt out of the madness. Every year. That puts me in the right position to watch the ads with detached amusement. 😎

4. Hariod Brawn - May 9, 2015

Does it include batteries? 😮

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Only for Stepford Wives. 🙄

5. Kate Crimmins - May 9, 2015

The worst part of Mother’s Day is that you can’t go anywhere. The restaurants are nuts, the garden centers are crazy, any sort of shopping is out. All I have are cats and if I am (un)lucky, they will gift me a hairball for the occasion. My own mother, long gone, was simple. She got a card and a flower she could plant out. She didn’t want one that just died, it had to be useful. (We were such bad kids that we made her cook that day.)

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

You are very nurturing to those kitty cats of yours.

Since they can’t take you out to eat or go shopping for you or cook dinner for you . . . your husband might act as their proxy! If he doesn’t step up to the plate, treat YOURSELF to something amazing!!!

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Like new patio furniture! 😛

Silver in the Barn - May 9, 2015

That is so true, Kate. Restaurants are mob scenes along with just about everywhere else. It’s all such a racket!

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Every restaurant around here seems to have concocted a PRICEY brunch menu just in time for Mother’s Day.

6. Silver in the Barn - May 9, 2015

I hate to think what my mother would do to me with that hot dog on a stick. By the way, I am taking her to the art museum to see the Manet, Van Gogh, Matisse exhibit here in Richmond. There’s the off chance she will prefer that…..LOL!

Silver in the Barn - May 9, 2015

Oh, and we’re waiting until Friday to avoid the Mother’s day rush!

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

That’s a GREAT plan, Barbara. Spend time together, enjoy some FAB art, and avoid the crowds that throng restaurants on Mother’s Day.

My mom has never insisted on a BIG fuss for Mother’s Day. First we were too little and she didn’t trust our cooking or want to raid our piggy banks . . . and once we were grown she decided that Mother’s Day should focus on mom with wee ones under the roof.

That said, she LOVED the candy I sent her this year. :mrgreen:

7. Tammy - May 9, 2015

oh brother or should I say oh mother! hope my kids don’t get any ideas!

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Haha! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you don’t get a trio of stuck up hotdogs tomorrow!

8. thecontentedcrafter - May 9, 2015

I wonder how many bemused/insulted mothers will be the recipient of a hot-dog-on-a-stick on the very day they were expecting candy, flowers or expensive jewellery? 😀

We don’t do mothers day – we don’t do anything that involves commercial exploitation except Christmas – we do Christmas – but only every second year! We love to be exploited every second Christmas! 🙂

My girls tell me every day is mothers day and they are quite right. They are loving, kind and thoughtful all the time and often spoil me for no particular reason – any day can be mothers day! I love my life 🙂

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Yay! I’m glad that your life suits you. When we questioned mom & dad about why there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but no Children’s Day, they snorted . . . “every day is children’s day!”

thecontentedcrafter - May 9, 2015

Ha! I had that same conversation with my children once – maybe it’s a global conversation point in every family……..

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Yes! It’s a small world, eh?

9. Becky - May 9, 2015

I would love that gift, but last time they brought me a hot dog on a stick, it was missing a bite….

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Bwahaha! Hope tomorrow you get the whole deal . . . not a hole deal!

Becky - May 10, 2015

They did pretty good today.

nrhatch - May 10, 2015

Yay! Hope you had a chance to kick back and relax!

10. librarylady - May 9, 2015

My Mom lives in another state and I have to send things that fit into a manilla envelope. Don’t think Hot Dog on a Stick will cut the mustard.

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

She might not relish a Hot Dog on a stick sent that way!

librarylady - May 9, 2015

Relish ? What a hoot! I’ll have to work hard to ketchup with your hilariousness.

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

That’s punny! :mrgreen:

11. Barb - May 9, 2015

Can’t beat chocolate or flowers for Mum, they are always a winner.

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate . . . or hand-made gifts from the heart!

12. Crowing Crone - May 9, 2015

In my little world we would do away with all these crazy Days!

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

All hail Queen Joss!

As a child, I loved Mother’s Day ~ I remember planting seeds and presenting her with a plant on her special day. But, like most holidays, it’s been commandeered by marketing moguls who urge us to buy, buy, buy. I ignore them.

13. Tiny - May 9, 2015

I really dislike all the commercialism around a day that should be about being together. When I was a child, we picked a nice bunch of wild flowers to mom. Unfortunately I lost her when she was in her 30s.

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

Sometimes life seems like one big commercial . . . exploiting the weak and preying on the poor. I’d rather have a “nice bunch of wild flowers” than a unneeded piece of diamond or gold jewelry.

Sorry you lost your mom when you and she were so young.

14. NancyTex - May 9, 2015

Who doesn’t love meat on a stick? 🙂
…well, vegetarians, I suppose. 😉

nrhatch - May 9, 2015

You got it! :mrgreen:

15. beeblu - May 9, 2015

Such a lot of commercial rubbish. Every day should be Mother’s Day in some way, and everybody else’s day. If I were a mother, I’d ban it from my home! :mrgreen:

nrhatch - May 10, 2015

When it’s forced, it’s a chore. Spontaneous = better.

16. Pix Under the Oaks - May 10, 2015

I am not a mother… so no Mother’s Day here for me, but I could be quite happy with the hot dog on a stick. Low key event yesterday at The Mama’s for The Mama and my Sis-in-law rather than today because we are suppose to have severe storms today… it was all about FOOD. I didn’t go with CH because I have been flat on my back since Thursday morning after throwing my back out. I hate to admit it, but I enjoyed my alone time yesterday.

nrhatch - May 10, 2015

OUCH! Hope your back improves in short order, Pix. Back pain is never any fun.

I’m glad that you enjoyed your alone time. I need alone time to recharge my batteries ~ being around people can be “draining.” 😛

17. L. Marie - May 11, 2015

Hotdog-on-a-stick–why didn’t I think of that! Forget candy! Hotdogs!
Seriously, that is a hilarious suggestion.
Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, Nancy!

nrhatch - May 11, 2015

Hotdog on a stick sounds like a great Father’s Day gift too!

I’m not a mom (except to Tigger), but I had a great day yesterday playing around in the kitchen to see how many ingredients that had “outstayed their welcome” could be utilized (i.e., eliminated) in one creative masterpiece!

I combined onions, assorted and sundry beans, tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli stalks, quinoi, zucchini, ro-tel, spinach, and seasonings to make a delicious casserole AND finished up some corn meal by making cornbread. Love it when my culinary experiments work AND clean out the cupboards!

18. Three Well Beings - May 13, 2015

This is just hilarious! I must remember this for next year–I am not sure I could give it to my mom with a straight face, but we could share a giggle! 🙂 I always tell my kids that every day is Mother’s Day to me…save your money! 🙂 We shared some time together and that was my preference. Next year I might ask them to get me a meatless dog-on-a-stick! 🙂

nrhatch - May 13, 2015

There you go!

Shared time + shared laughter = PERFECT TOGETHER!

19. Eileen - May 14, 2015

My out of town children called to ask if I had a good Mother’s Day, to which I replied, “Wonderful!”

When they followed with, “What did you do?”
I replied succinctly, “I ate.”

That pretty much covered what I happily did all day with my home town children.

So the hot dog on a stick doesn’t sound like such a terrible idea after all. 🙂

nrhatch - May 14, 2015

Food = Good
Glad you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

20. jannatwrites - July 4, 2015

There are some creative marketing folks, that’s all I can say. Here’s a thought – instead of listening to all those voices, perhaps we listen to the one inside… surely we know the ones we love better than a bunch of slick strangers 🙂

nrhatch - July 4, 2015

B~I~N~G~O! And most of us are not going to hear a voice whispering, “get a hotdog on a stick!”

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