The ever-reliable Mother's Day Central tells me that in the United States, Mother's Day is May 12. Turns out that's also true in a lot of other places, among them Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. (There's a full list of nations at that Mother's Day Central link, as well as a list of other places and their dates. Paraguay and Poland both celebrate Mother's Day later in May. In Mongolia, it's June 1. Belarus, not until the fall. Things I never knew.)
If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, kindly allow me to humbly suggest my new collection of poems, Waiting to Unfold. Of Waiting to Unfold, Naomi Shihab Nye says, "These rich poems will carry you into the great timeless miracle and mystery of unfolding littleness, nonstop maternal alertness, beauty and exhaustion and amazing, exquisite tenderness, oh yes."
Also, if you buy a copy, you'll be making my Mother's Day sweeter -- and in a way you're also giving a Mother's Day gift to my mom, because when my book reaches new readers, she gets to kvell too! (Okay, in all seriousness: more people buying this book will bring a smile both to my face and to my mom's, but I also think this collection of early-motherhood poems would be a meaningful Mother's Day gift for any mother, grandmother, or person who's played a maternal role in your life.)
The book costs a mere $13.95 (US, CAN); £9.10 (UK); €10.66 (Europe.) It's available on Amazon's various permutations, though I'd appreciate it if you'd consider purchasing it directly from Phoenicia's online store. Thanks for supporting independent publishing. (And if your mom digs the poems, please let me know!)