Why You Should Get Your Mother Nothing for Mother’s Day

Whatever you’re thinking of, she doesn’t deserve it

Denise Shelton
4 min readMay 11, 2024
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My mother hated Mother’s Day

Worst day of the year

Not because she’d lost a child

Or was estranged

Or because she never wanted children

Or for any of the usual reasons

My mother hated Mother’s Day because…

She was a florist

Even after she retired, I didn’t get my mother flowers for Mother’s Day. Why? Because to her, Mother’s Day meant back-breaking, soul-crunching, and stress-laden hours ending in exhaustion. And it was all because, in our society, flowers are the default Mother’s Day tribute for the multitudes who fail to properly honor their mothers in the ways that really matter on the 364 other days of the year.

You may think a florist would love the holiday as it’s the most profitable day of the year. It’s also the busiest. She undoubtedly reveled in the compensation when she did the books at the end of the month. My mother had no aversion to money. The day itself, however, not a fan.

Every year, we heard about how many hours she’d gone without eating or going to the bathroom. It was a weekend of hard labor…