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A formative, family-friendly factoid from a survey or study in the news.
BY The Editors
It’s traditional in many American families to take Mom out
to eat for Mother’s Day, but this year, many a mama — more than in recent years
past — will enjoy a home-cooked meal courtesy of Dad and the kids. That’s
according to an online survey conducted by Hamilton Beach, the appliance maker.
“While mothers like to be pampered and enjoy a day of relaxation, I believe the
results of this survey are a factor of the uncertain direction of the U.S.
economy,” said Mary Beth Dukes, a Hamilton Beach executive. “A home-cooked
meal, preferably prepared by someone other than Mom, is memorable, and a little
lighter on the wallet than a restaurant meal.” It’s also a simple yet
thoughtful way to echo Pope John Paul II’s message to moms in his 1995 Letter
to Women: “Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings
within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience
makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides
your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the
child makes its way along the journey of life.” Bon appétit, nos mères!