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Against Mother’s Day in 1963

The Story


"It starts with breakfast in bed. This is a tradition of Mother's Day and there's no escape,"  says newspaper columnist Joan Seager. "All Mom has to do is register joy and surprise, and eat the charred toast and muddy tea while everyone else sits around and waits for her to be grateful. This sets the tone for the rest of the day." At the close of a 1963 episode of CBC's program for homemakers, Take 30, Seager's satirical opinion on motherhood and Mother's Day makes the crew laugh out loud and gives voice to those "supermoms" who "can hardly wait to get back to being crabby and taken for granted again."

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: May 10, 1963
Program: Take 30
Host: Paul Soles
Guest: Joan Seager
Duration: 5:54

Did You know?


• Joan Seager's adventure story Mystery at Lynx Lodge, aimed at a young audience in 1965, was published in 1965. It was adapted and filmed for a CBC Canadian Schools Telecast in 1968. 

• Seager appeared several times on CBC-TV in the early 1960s, sharing her views on swimsuits, "henpecked" husbands and makeup.


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