Today is Mothers’ Day in Costa Rica. Since we have lived in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica, I think I should get three Mothers’ Days a year. There are two times of the year when it’s best to make big purchases in Costa Rica. One is Mothers’ Day and the other is Black Friday… which is neither on a Friday nor are sale prices to be expected, but sometimes you get lucky. (That idea still catching on down here.) But Mothers’ Day is the day to make big purchases here.
Though I’m not expecting a car or a refrigerator or even a blender, I would like a coffee date with my husband or maybe, as my 6-year-old says, “a pack of flowers”. The fresh-cut flowers are one of my favorite things about Costa Rica. They are cheap and exotic, beautiful and fresh. Sometimes I buy myself flowers just for the sheer pleasure of having beautiful things in my house. Nothing makes me “mushy” like getting a bunch of flowers for no reason at all. I just love that!
So today on Mothers’ Day I will feel sorry for all of you Mothers back in the States who only get one Mothers’ Day per year and who just get ordinary roses or carnations which your husbands pay outrageous prices for. I will gaze lovingly at my “pack” of lilies, bird-of-paradise, daisies and hibiscus and think about how lucky I am to get three Mothers’ Days per year.