As much as I love and appreciate my mother, the day has become focused outward rather than inward toward those personally dear to us. If my child says "happy mother's day" to me I feel warmed and happy. If someone else starts to go on about how noble I am to be a mother is just makes me cranky because it's such a foolish thing. It *really* doesn't take any more effort or virtue to be a mother than anything else. Have sex. Ta-da! Motherhood. It's not nobility, it's biology. It's not virtue except intimately between people who share share that relationship and bond.