“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” – Mother Teresa
The Realities of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every mom alive is super pumped to drink $18 mimosas or do the dishes after her little ones attempted to make breakfast in bed.
Just kidding. Mother’s Day really should be called “Exhausting Day Where You Have To Appear Relaxed” Day.
The concept is sweet. Being a mother is a pretty thankless job, so it’s nice to get a little recognition from your family on all you’ve sacrificed (like your body, your sanity, and nice things). But, in practice, it’s a mentally draining and expensive production that most women would probably forgo if it weren’t so important to society.
Most men celebrate Father’s Day by getting AWAY from the family unit and playing a round of golf or going fishing with buddies. Most women celebrate Mother’s Day by gathering the troops and spending 3 hours at a crowded brunch trying not to lose her shit because little Johnny keeps poking at his sister.
To summarize, Mother’s Day is rarely relaxing for moms, as is indicated in these hilarious tweets from actual moms about the holiday.
For most people living in America, there are some uncertainties (or maybe certainties?) that one must consider when choosing a place to plant their roots and build a home.
If you live in places like Florida, you’re bound to witness a few hurricanes, no matter how inconsequential. If you live in California, you have to consider the possibility of earthquakes. In places like Utah, Colorado, and Montana, you deal with snowstorms and avalanches. In New York, the threat is cockroaches and in Portland, it’s retired 20-year-old hipsters.
Anywhere you decide to live, you’re going to have to helm the threat of certain environmental conditions that could threaten your home and family. That’s pretty much a given.
But very few of us concern ourselves with the threat of Volcanos. However, this has been a very real threat for the big island of Hawaii. Recently, the volcano named Kilauea erupted again, causing hundreds of islanders to seek shelter.
Some of these occupants have been living near Kilauea for years. But why would anyone live in an area that is notorious for having a volatile volcano that could wipe away everyone and everything in seconds?
According to the locals, it’s a story wrapped in mysticism and romanticism and rooted in spirituality. Here’s the interesting story of “The Garden of Eden.”
Why you should make useless things
In this joyful, heartfelt talk, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more — rarely (if ever) succeed, and that’s the point. “The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don’t always know what the best answer is,” Giertz says. “It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn’t the answer, but at least you’re asking the question.”