Now we don’t need Mother’s Day to know how amazing Mothers are. The fact they carry us around for 9 months before going through giving birth is an incredible feat. But it is just the beginning of the journey. After that, they put up with our crying and our tantrums. They feed us and clothe us and a lot more. In fact, having just one day a year celebrating them feels as though they are being short-changed a little.
So imagine our surprise when we saw that a survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, has found that once we reach adulthood, only 53% of us see our mum every year on Mother’s Day – meaning a shocking 6.8 million mums may be spending Mother’s Day alone this year.
Think about it, you spend all that time trying to raise a decent human being, that says their pleases and their thank yous, that gives up their seats for the elderly and believes in climate change and they go and forget about you on the one day meant to help celebrate all of that!
The top reasons respondents gave for not seeing their mum on Mother’s Day this year include ‘it’s too far to travel’ and ‘it’s too expensive to travel.’ According to the data, 11% live more than 100 miles away from their mum, which can make paying her a visit on Mother’s Day difficult. Fair. Shockingly though, more than 1 in 4 (28%) adults say they would not travel further than 10 miles to see their mum on Mother’s Day.
However, distance is not the only factor keeping mums and their children apart this year as some admit ‘I have other plans’ whilst others say they can’t see their mum on Mother’s Day because ‘she has other plans’.
So this is our call to arms, to all children of mothers. Short of your mum, ditching you for her other plans, let’s try to make an effort to show them some love this year. If you can’t get your mother’s day miles in on the day, then at least send her a thoughtful token of appreciation for everything that she’s done for you.