May is flowers and springtime and strawberries and Mothers, mostly Mothers. Everyone has or had a mother, but surely, no one has a mother like mine. She doesn’t drink coffee or tea, drink alcohol, play cards, craft, garden, or go on girl's weekends. She took a dim view of living in the country, marriage, having children, and road trips. What she did like to do was read. She was a true champion reader. I’m sure no one was more familiar to library staff and on less friendly terms. She was not interested in small talk. Human beings tended to irritate her, but cats gravitated to her and she accepted their company. Dogs? Smelly and unacceptable. Also, she didn’t like things. I believe her perfect room would be lined with book shelves, have a good reading lamp, and a comfortable sofa and nothing else. She doesn’t like antiques. An unapologetic feminist, she doesn’t wear jewelry, carry a purse, or shave. So, narrows down the gift ideas, eh?