I am on full orange alert to expect a rant ending "it's political correctness gone mad" from a dearly loved relative, who specialises in that sort of thing.
The rant invariably starts with the words "I read in the paper today..." so I always have ample warning to do an emergency shut down of all my critical faculties and put myself in a trance-like "um, um, yes, yes, ah, ah, yes, yes" mode.
The reason I am on orange alert is the article entitled "School Mother's Day ban attacked", which I have just read.
A school headteacher is under fire for banning pupils from making Mother's Day cards to avoid upsetting children without a mother.
Helen Starkey, 46, fears the time-honoured tradition of making a Mother's Day card at school could be seen as insensitive. As a result, the headteacher of Johnstown Primary School, in Carmarthen, west Wales, simply banned pupils from making cards.
But the move was branded as "ridiculous" by one angry parent who has accused her of being insensitive to the majority
No doubt, many of the ranting persuasion will say that this is terrible, "doing away" with cherished British traditions. Hello? Did you make a Mother's Day card for your mother at school? I certainly didn't. I made them at home or bought them. Indeed, one could remember a time before the card manufacturers got in on the act, when we simply picked a few flowers for our mothers.
It is not a cherished British tradition to make Mothering Sunday cards at school. It happens and that is nice. But if it is going to upset even one child, who doesn't have a mother, is it worth it?
I was fascinated by one comment in the article:
One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "It means 95% of the children have not got an opportunity to make a card. I take issue with the fact that Mothering Sunday is a Christian festival and Mrs Starkey is not allowing children to celebrate in the way they know how."
Hello? Is the headteacher stopping anyone from celebrating Mothering Sunday? Er no. They can still make a card and they can still celebrate the event. They can still, surprise surprise, go to church to celebrate the event. Now, that would be amazing.