Mothers' vs. Fathers'

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

My daughter and I were chatting the other night and she brought up an interesting item.  Have you ever noticed the difference between Mother's Day and Father's Day?

For Mother's Day, most people give their moms cards, or flowers or both.  In fact, my church usually hands out single stems to moms on that Sunday and my daughter's church had actual corsages for their moms.  The news ads suggests all sorts of gifts from spa certificates to diamonds and restaurants all advertise specials.  In fact, getting into a restaurant for lunch on Mother's Day is albut impossible unless you have a reservation or are visiting a drive-thru!  So anything to make life easier for mom is definitely the acceptable course for Mom on her day.

On the flip side, is Father's Day.  I always gave my dad a card, but flowers were out of the question.  My daughter is a card-making, scrap-booker and usually gives her hubby a desk album of all their kids' pictures.  But that is about where the likenesses end.  At my church, we give "how to" books to the dads on that Sunday, and my daughter's church passed out tickets to a minor league baseball game.  The ads to honor dad generally stay in the hardware/lawncare department, also focusing on grills and backyards.  Eating out on Dad's Day is a lot easier, too.  I remember taking my dad out several years ago with my sister and our families and we were alone in the restaurant!  Does anybody else see the irony here?

It's almost as if Mother's Day is her day off and Father's Day is his day on!  Do any of the rest of you get that impression???

I wish all the dads out there, blessings on your own day.

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Rainmaker
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Kim Sellers
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Well said, Happy Fathers day to all the dads, it does seem they get ripped off a bit.

Jun 15, 2008 10:09 AM #1
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Mario Villagran
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Sharon, your observance is on the money. I guess it stems from the traditional views of mother and father. Mothers' work was often overlooked and under appreciated. So we would take that one day to try to make up for the other 360+ days that we forgot to say thank you. The fathers' job was to go to work and make money. The quality time he spent with the family is usually on the weekends over a bbq or family outing. They're given frames and pictures of the kids so that they can remember what their kids look like as time passes. I'm not trying to sound sexist but just trying to make an observance as to why these marketing geniuses still use the same type of advertising.
Jun 15, 2008 10:10 AM #2
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Sharon, this reminded me of the card my wife gave me this morning... It was loving couple looking into each other's eyes and the husband said, "We'll always have children." and then the wife says, "I know, What were we thinking?" I laughed pretty good at this one pretty good, because while I wouldn't give up my kids for anything in the world, I would think we have all wondered that ourselves.

Jun 15, 2008 12:45 PM #3
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