The Irony of Mother’s Day

This month’s topic for the Sustainable Finances – Sustainable Life group is consumerism and today I saw the perfect example of how consumerism warps culture.

This mother’s day morning I read an article in the Christian Science Monitor about the most common gifts for mom: cards, flowers, meals, clothing, jewelry, books, gadgets …. At one time or another, I’ve bought my mom all of these things. Mother’s day is big business, amounting to $20 billion in sales.

But the article says that what moms report they really want is this:

  • Time alone if they had kids a home,
  • Time with kids if their kids had grown.

When I read it, I know that’s the truth. That’s certainly what I want and wanted. Funny isn’t it – $20 billion when all we really want is time and presence.

About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.
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