Mothering Sunday


The happiest of Spring displays in the window of Narcissus Flowers.  This shop, on Edinburgh's Broughton Street, always has creative seasonal displays.  A couple of years ago they had a Mother's Day display that cheered my walk to work every morning for a while. 

There seems to be an attempt to revive the term 'Mothering Sunday' here.  I've read a few mentions in the press of 'Mother's Day' being an American import, and encouraging a return to the traditional British 'Mothering Sunday'.  I don't remember the latter in my lifetime, and as my children tell me, I'm OLD.  Whatever it should be called, for me it marks the transition into Spring.  The best gift I had today was sitting outside soaking up the sun for the first time this year, in the company of my two 'children' of 18 and 21 years.

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  1. A very beautiful and cheerful display indeed! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the day, the weather was lovely here today as well :o)

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    1. The weather has almost been too lovely - I'm looking for rain now for the garden and allotment!

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  2. I think you are right. I also think when we lived in Edinburgh, we weren't far from each other.

    Company of my cellist 15 and soo to be student 17 was my gift this evening. Pub tea, game of pool lots of banter.

    Perfect.

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    1. We may well have been in the same corner of Edinburgh. It's such a village!
      Sounds like you had the best possible day. The teens are keen on their banter, aren't they?

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  3. Happy Mother's Day, Linda. What a nice way to spend Mothering Sunday, in the company of your children.

    My stepdaughter and her husband visited today. It was good to spend an unhurried afternoon with the two of them. In a few short weeks unhurried afternoons will be far and few between!

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    1. How lovely to have spent the day with your stepdaughter and her husband. They're quite right to get as much lazy time as they can just now.

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  4. Sounds like a day well spent with your children!

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    1. You're right, Michelle, a day well spent sums it up.

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  5. sunshine and having your children with you sounds like a wonderful gift. happy Mother's day, Linda.

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    1. I did actually think of it as a gift during the day. Very happy memories.

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  6. I'm so glad you had a good Mother's Day / Mothering Sunday. (We heard the latter phrase in church!) Sitting outside in the sun with the results of your years of labour - not to mention actual labour - sounds like the best way to celebrate.

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    1. A sunny day put the seal on it, Christine. I hope you had a good day too.

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  7. You've got sun and flowers already in Scotland??? We just had 3-4 feet of snow!!!! Waaah!!!!!

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    1. Ah, but in the summer when we're drenched in 'growing showers', I'll be looking at your photos of blue skies.

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  8. What a lovely display - thank you!
    As far as I can recall, I've always used Mother's Day and Mothering Sunday interchangeably. I do rather like the fact that Mothering Sunday is an old tradition, linked to the middle Sunday of Lent: it gives it a bit of depth, somehow.

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    1. Yes, I think depth is the important thing.

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  9. What a pretty display, love the old scales and weights. Sounds like the perfect spring day,enjoying the company of your children and the sunshine...........
    Here in Australia we have "Mothers Day" it falls each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. Some of my most precious cards are those handmade by my children when still at primary school.

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    1. How lovely that you've kept your cards, Andrea. I still have some...somewhere.

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  10. A lovely display! Mother's Day here is also the 2nd Sunday in May and it has become a huge marketing event for retail stores!

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    1. It's amazing quite what you can buy that gets associated with Mother's Day!

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    1. I am. I'm very thankful for it.

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  12. Despite the myriad blooms, lovely leaves, and dancing daffodils, my eye went straight to that chocolate cake thingie so appropriately placed on the scale. 8-)

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    1. Marcheline, I hate to break it to you, but that chocolate cake thingie is the metal weights of the scale. I love the way your mind works!
      But to make up for this cruel disappointment I'll post something next that will please you.

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    2. HAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHH! You got me!

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  13. I loved all the flowers in the window of that florist. I adore colorful flowers of any sort and it really does seem like spring when we see great bunches of them growing. We have had lovely flowers all winter and now that we will be going into summer, there are still sturdy flowers that we have to plant here in the desert so they will withstand our hot temperatures. That's one of the neat things about living here in sunny Southern California. We can see gorgeous flowers all year long no matter where we live.

    I didn't know about your special Mothers day in Scotland but I think it's neat that you do have a day to honor your mothers. So, do I say Happy Mothering Day?

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    1. Having lovely flowers all winter sounds really cheerful. Sometimes I think I'd like that, and sometimes I enjoy our bare, stark winters.
      It's funny, we have the term Mothering Sunday, but people tend to say Happy Mother's Day.

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  14. Such rich pinks in your picture.
    I like that term, "Mothering Sunday," perhaps because it's not American. I've got nothing against America, mind you, I'm American myself. But I'm also old-fashioned, and not crazy about the thought of American culture taking over where other cultures have such charms.

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    1. The ebb and flow of cultural influence is a complex thing. I have to admit to correcting my children when they talk about a 'driver's licence'. It's a 'driving licence' here, but they hear the American term on TV.

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  15. it's so good to see flowers :)

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