Friday, May 6, 2016
I got email today from a site I visit regularly, suggesting that if I want to send my mother a pretty gift, sign up here...
It sort of took me off balance, I don't really remember ever getting this kind of email solicitation before, and I found it disturbing and invasive. Not sure why. And later today nearly the same thing happened at another site, suddenly there's a big old drop down window covering the screen, suggesting that I might like to do "something nice" for "mom".
Part of the disturbing aspect is the assumption on the part of what amounts to total strangers that 1), you have a mother, 2), you actually need to be reminded that you have one, and 3)., they are all too willing to let you spend your guilt money at their site.
My mother's been dead for 17 years. I doubt if I need to send her a card, a gift, or a greeting. We were not always on the best of terms anyway, and it's the assumption that we are/were that scalds me. I keep thinking of those people who are still struggling with loss, suddenly being smacked in the face with one of these guilt laden invitations. ouch.
Posted by mittens at 1:23 AM