Helevision has been shopping for a Mother’s Day card today.
So, yes, you can add ‘errant daughter’ to the list as well.
But that’s not the point of this post. (Yes, there is one).
No, as I gazed at the endless rows of ‘marvellous mummy wummy I love you best’ pink ,glittered monstrosities, it struck me that cardmakers obviously don’t think mothers have a sense of humour.
Now I love Mummy Helevision dearly. I owe her a lot – in appearance, in character and now, thanks to the journalism course, in sterling.
But we have never, ever felt the need to exchange nausea-inducing Hallmark sentiments.
In fact, sending her one would smack of a lack of effort.
Father’s Day, on the other hand, is a doddle. Papa Helevision has received countless comedy missives over the years.
Dads, it seems, are allowed to be funny. Mums are not.
Of course, there’s a whole debate about the so-called humour gap. Have a look at Christopher Hitchens’s Vanity Fair article for an idea.
Nobody says mums need to be comediennes. But they do have a sense of humour like everyone else.
And not all of them like pink…..