Why ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ may not express what we really mean

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Sakura Cherry in Fukuoka. Photo courtesy Zaimoku Woodpile via Flickr Creative Commons.

Sakura Cherry in Fukuoka. Photo courtesy Zaimoku Woodpile via Flickr Creative Commons.

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It is not for me to issue any particular call in relation to Mother's Day, or Father's Day, except maybe to say that the fierce dedication for which we celebrate mothers on the second Sunday in May are present in many, many people who are never called 'mom.'