Mother’s Day Open Mouth Insert Foot Moments
Mother’s Day Open Mouth Insert Foot Moments

I’m a mom. I like Mothers Day. It’s fun to be pandered to, and it’s the only day I can guilt my teens into going on a hike with me without complaining. It seems to me, however, that we’ve turned Mother’s Day into a universal Let’s Celebrate Women’s Day. Every woman over the age of about 30 get’s greeted on the second Sunday in May with a cheery “Happy Mother’s Day”. News flash: Not every woman is a mom or has a living mom. 

I realize most people don’t mean to cause pain and are acting out of ignorance not meanness. In my book, intent does matter. I also realize that once you’ve stuck your foot in your mouth it sometimes gets wedged in. Consider the following examples from the Creating a Family Facebook Support Group:

Clueless: Happy Mother’s Day (said to a woman she knew had suffered a miscarriage 4 months previously, but had probably momentarily forgotten)

Miscarriage Sufferer: Thanks… but I’m not celebrating .

Clueless: But you ARE a mother! Your babies are just in Heaven!

Miscarriage Sufferer: Remind me again how that makes it a HAPPY Mother’s Day?


Clueless: Happy Mother’s Day (said to a woman she knew had been struggling for years with infertility and miscarriages, but had probably momentarily forgotten)

Infertility Sufferer: Thanks, but I’m not a mom.

Clueless: Oh, but you are a mom to your pets.

Infertility Sufferer: {thought but not said} I love my pets but REALLY?!?!

I’m all in favor of creating a Let’s Celebrate Women Day. I think we women are awesome and deserve a day to be celebrated. That day, however, is not the second Sunday in May. In the midst of being kind to us moms, please, please be especially sensitive to those who aren’t moms.

Any other open mouth insert foot Mother’s Day moments you’d care to share.

Image Credit: Creating a Family Pinterest Infertility Inspiration Board