An Inspirational Mother’s Day Video

I lost it an hour or so ago, after the sixth or seventh “Moms are awesome!” post featuring some Mother’s Day Twitter hashtag or other, dispatched from a feed I quickly unfollowed.

If that’s not enough for you, Google Susan Smith, Andrea Yates, Clarnell Kemper, Joan Crawford.

For every mother as goddawful as that, there are probably ten or twenty who just beat the shit out of their children, sordidly and below the criminal radar.

For every one of those mothers, there’s probably hundreds who scream, manipulate, and harass their young into mental hospitals. I know at least one of those kids.

For every one of those, there’s likely thousands who find five ways a day to gouge and savage their children short of actually consigning them to a back ward. Because, you know, mothers are always right and becoming a mother — think about it, it’s a brutal devastation of the human body, an error of evolution which brought us to the upright posture but left us with a pelvis that can barely sustain the excretion of a half-formed progeny — entitles them to treat their children any way they want. Right?

But of course, on the second Sunday in May, we all pretend Mommy is a national hero. How else would florists make a living?

Happy Hallmark Holiday.

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3 thoughts on “An Inspirational Mother’s Day Video

  1. I couldn’t watch more than a minute or so of that Youtube vid… some of the worst sort of lowest-common-denominator sensationalist “reporting” I’ve ever seen. The facts would have been enough without all the other crap.

    My main gripe about Mother’s Day is that there are so many of them! My Twitter feed is full of this stuff for a couple of months.

  2. It was hard to find a video that wasn’t an hour long about the case. I admit it was “what bleeds leads” reporting but having read a more methodical book length account, it actually stuck pretty close to the available facts. Apparently this was a woman who just couldn’t get enough of having babies, literally working as a surrogate mother for infertile couples at one point. Shooting them later was just a pragmatic thing. (For added pizzazz, she later conducted a prison affair with a convicted rapist-murderer.)

    I was trying to keep a lid on myself but the Twitter, online ad, e-mail promotion, politicians piggybacking, in the end I had to blow. As if parturition made a saint of a person. And the end result, on top of a lot of people being brought into the world irresponsibly for no good reason, is I can’t turn around in public without tripping over a goddam stroller.

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