Mother’s Day Reads by Catherine Jordan
“Whenever Mother’s Day rolls around, I regret having eaten my young.” So goes the quote from the only comic book I admit to reading, The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons. Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because I’m a mother. I am queen for the day and my five children refer to me as “Your Highness”, dropping rose petals before my every footstep, showering me with gifts and goodies galore. Sound like the greatest story ever told? Yeah. I suggest every mother indulge herself with a great story, even if you’re not a rug rat queen.
I received The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons as a gift from my mother. These hilarious cartoons are not high-brow humor. If you’re a mom, you’ll get the jokes and you’ll laugh. Each one can be easily embraced and chuckled over with a heartwarming cocktail. Or two. Or three? But, who’s counting? Turn to page 36 where an open-door liquor storefront advertises: Remember Mother’s Day, May 10th. It’s funny because it’s true.
I’m reading, Woman of The Bible, by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda, a year-long devotional study of inspiring women in scripture and I need all the inspiration I can get. Meditation and conversations with God are recommended. God and I talk. A lot. Why? Because sometimes I think He is the only one who listens to me.
The Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin, is a haunting rendition of perfection attained after death. This 145 page classic originally meant to be a horror has today become a comedy. The title itself makes me giggle. Yet, how horrifying (and gratifying on some sick level) to be known as a Stepford Wife.
Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame tells the story of a boy orphaned at a young age and sent to live with his flamboyant aunt. It is fittingly called an irreverent escapade and reads like a modern day memoir. I come from a large family and while some of my aunts were fun and others were interesting, none compared to Auntie Mame, but I wish they had! When I became an aunt for the first time (before I was married and had children of my own) I aspired to be like Auntie Mame to my nephew. Had I been disturbingly wealthy and theatrically glamorous with a live-in housekeeper as my sidekick, then perhaps I would have been able to achieve my goal. But alas, I live a simple and modest life. Still, I often wonder how children would turn out if every mother took to heart this quote from Auntie Mame: “Oh, the adventure,” she cried ecstatically, “of molding a new little life!”
What books are you reading to celebrate Mother’s Day?
Catherine Jordan is a Pennsylvania author of fiction. She has been writing stories since learning to hold a pencil. Her first novel, Seeking Samiel, is a supernatural thriller. Her short story, The Green Eyed Monster, was published in the anthology, A Community of Writers, edited by Ann Elia Stewart. Both books are available at www.sunburypress.com www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com Like Catherine on http://www.facebook.com/CatherineJordanBooks Follow on Twitter: @CatherineBooks. Visit her website: http://www.catherinejordan.com
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