I got the best Mother’s Day present of all and it was time: time to spend the morning in bed if I wanted; time to have a luxury shower and time alone in my house, listening to the noises of the countryside. There is huge hype around Mother’s Day, and it has created great pressures on sons and daughters.

It has also put stress on mothers. You have expectations, generated by a commercially driven notion. Your peers in the workplace are getting flowers and exchanging stories about their gifts. If your children are not in the headspace to even know its Mother’s Day, you do feel bad. You understand, but you still feel bad. Of course daughters and girlfriends are great at reminding sons of the impending day.