Am I the only person in the world who hates Mother’s Day and its evil twin, Valentine’s Day? I hate them. I hate stupid mandatory holidays. I love my mother every day, not just Mother’s Day. I get her a Mother’s Day card because it would hurt her feelings for the day to pass unnoticed and because I love her and I don’t want her feelings to be hurt, but it’s not my favorite thing to do.
I already told Primo that he does not have to do anything ever as long as we are together for Valentine’s Day. Doing something nice for someone because Hallmark says so? No.
Although of course good chocolate is always welcome. But you don’t need a day for that.
So I am annoyed when Sly orders Primo to get Doris a Mother’s Day present – an expensive one.
My mom gets a card! A card! And that’s fine!
Although really, I do not have standing to be annoyed. Primo and I are not married. We do not share money or other resources. His doing for Doris does not take away from me.
But it’s still annoying.
Primo: My dad told me my mom wants these garden lights for Mother’s Day.
He leans back from his computer so I can see the product page.
Me: But those cost $100! And then there is shipping!
Primo: That’s what she wants.
Me: For Mother’s Day? That is an awful lot of money to spend on Mother’s Day. In my family, we do cards and that’s about it. Even if this were a Christmas present, it would be something my brother, sister, and I would go in together on. We are not in the habit of spending $100 on gifts.
Primo: Oh, they don’t spend that on me! I am supposed to spend that on them!
 See, “Primo takes the dead rat out of my basement.”