Douglass & Runger Attorneys at Law - May 2020

HAS BREAKFAST IN BED GONE OUT OF STYLE? What Moms Really Want on Mother’s Day

Serving breakfast in bed to moms, especially on Mother’s Day, has been a widespread tradition for years, but have you ever wondered if it’s what your mom really wants? Here’s a look at the Mother’s Day breakfast in bed tradition and some recent insight into the popular trend. According to Heather Arndt Anderson, author of “Breakfast: A History,” the popularity of breakfast in bed became widespread during the Victorian era, but only for married, wealthy women who had servants. Those women would enjoy their first meal of the day in bed, and then their servants would handle all the spilled scone crumbs and messy breakfast residue. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson dubbed Mother’s Day a national U.S. holiday, and a few years later, the aristocratic English tradition of breakfast in bed sailed across the pond to America. By the 1930s, food and bedding companies capitalized on the tradition and the new holiday by running ads in magazines and newspapers encouraging

children and fathers to serve their matriarchs breakfast in bed. Since then, serving mothers breakfast in bed has become a popular Mother’s Day ritual around the world, and it remains so today. However, there is one group whose voice has been left out of the breakfast in bed conversation: mothers. In a recent study conducted by Zagat, a well- known dining survey site, researchers found that only 4% of moms polled want breakfast in bed. Yes, you read that right. When you factor

in the mess of syrup, crumbs, and coffee spilling over clean sheets, it’s understandable. Today’s mothers usually don’t have servants to clean up afterward. The study also revealed what most moms prefer to do for breakfast on Mother’s Day: 53% of mothers like to go out, and 39% prefer brunch instead of breakfast. While breakfast in bed seems like a nice gesture, statistics show that it’s probably the last thing your mom wants to wake up to on May 10. This Mother’s Day, show your appreciation for your mom or the mother of your children by asking her what she would like to do. She deserves the holiday morning she desires, whether that includes a full breakfast in bed or carryout from her favorite brunch joint.

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The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County This one’s for the pet lovers. Since 1933, our local humane society has served as a sanctuary for injured and abused cats and dogs. The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has gained a reputation for its specialty in rehabilitating and finding homes for pets who have survived abuse. With help from volunteers, these pets learn social skills and gain the affection all living beings need. Visit to learn how your donation could save dozens of lives. Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Memphis is a community filled with people from all walks of life. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis seek to make connections among the many diverse members of our community and give kids a safe and positive place to grow. With academic help, outdoor activities, mentorships, and more, children in the Memphis area can find a positive connection to our greater community and their peers. A donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis could change many lives and make our community even stronger. Visit to find out more about their mission and how your donation will help the organization.

Some like to leave the bulk of their assets to their loved ones, while others prefer to donate a significant portion to local organizations that made an impact on their lives. If you’re thinking about adding a charity to your list of benefactors, then consider these local groups!

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. Without veterans, we wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms we have today. Honor that commitment by helping soldiers and veterans return to civilian life through Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. In 1987, a mother started Alpha Omega after her sons returned from the Vietnam War and could not find services for their PTSD. Today, the organization can house 120 veterans and offers reintegration programs ranging from 30 days to two years.

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