While Mother’s Day is filled with sentiment and warm-fuzzy thoughts — as well it should be — there’s another side of motherhood to explore.
There are lots of moms who appreciate how much a sense of humor can help when it comes to the world’s toughest job.
We’ve gathered a few famous quotes on the topic from a range of observers. Share a laugh with your mother this Mother’s Day and see which of these funny quotes rings true for her experience.
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”
— Phyllis Diller
“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”
— Calvin Trillin
“A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
— Tenneva Jordan
“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.”
— Buddy Hackett
“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.”
— Lisa Alther
“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”
— Mark Twain
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
— Milton Berle
“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
— Erma Bombeck
(And a few last thoughts from that prolific writer “author unknown.”)
“Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.”
“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.”
“To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”
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