Mothering Sunday

In the UK the fourth Sunday of Lent is called Mothering Sunday. Traditionally it was the day when children who had gone into domestic service (for example working as a kitchen maid) were given the Sunday off to visit their mothers and families. My mother went into domestic service at the age of 14, while she lived at home with her parents, I am sure a Sunday off was welcome.

This link to the Church is why the date of UK’s Mother’s Day moves and why it is at different time to Mother’s Day in the US and elsewhere. This year Mother’s Day is on Sunday 31st March.

My mum is no longer with us, but I was wondering what she would have liked – I think she would like a small bunch of flowers and a vase to put them in, such as this one from Gem’s Concrete Gems. She liked flowers, but she also liked having gifts she could keep.