Story of my life.
Today I wanted to do a very special Mother’s Day edition of Word to Your Motha Wednesday to go along with Mother’s Day Week, which is kind of like Shark Week only without the sharks, which I launched yesterday with tips from twitter on how to make your special day tolerable if not entirely enjoyable. I’m calling it Word to Your Motha’s Day.
For about five minutes I thought long and hard regarding the meaning of the word motha. What singular word can best describe it? What word encompasses the enormity of the job? Then I scoured the dictionary starting with “f” word as I know how fond you all are of those. But I couldn’t find an adequate “f” word. So I said to myself, “Self, when you think of mother what word pops into your head?” Immediately I had it. Hard working. But I need one word not two. I then turned to my thesaurus, who is always there for me in times of need (of words that are synonyms for other words), and found the perfect word, a word I’d not only never heard of before but also a word befitting a mother.
Sedulous – (sej a lus) adj. 1. diligent in application or attention, persevering. 2. Persistently or carefully maintained.
Sedulity – (si doo li tee) n. Sedulous quality.
What word better describes a mother than sedulous? If children aren’t persistently and carefully maintained by their mothers I don’t know what is.
I included the pronunciation on this one since I’d been saying it wrong all morning, and because if you want to say the word in it’s various forms you have to pronounce it two different ways. If, for example, you wanted to use both words in one exchange, you’d say, “Most women I know are sejalus whether they’re staying home to raise a pack of wild animals or holding down a full-time job while also raising kids. But I’ve never met a woman with more sidoolitee than my mother-in-law, who was a single mother.”
See how that works? It’s tricky but try working it into your Mother’s Day conversation this year. That’s yet another way of shaking up this typically staid Mother’s Day celebration.
Speaking of Mother’s Day Celebrations, I know I’m looking forward to mine. After a lovely day of cooking a five course meal for twenty, clearing the table and packaging up the leftovers, all done in celebration of sedulous mothers, I look forward to an evening of washing dishes before tucking my polite and obedient children into bed.
Although this is how it really should be.
Get to work you little rat bastards. You created this mess in the first place!
On that note, Happy Mother’s Day all!
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