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As the 4th Sunday in Lent approaches, our thoughts turn to Mothering Sunday. More commonly known as Mother’s Day, this event is not to be confused with the American tradition of the same name which falls later in the calendar, although it is generally celebrated in the same manner.

It’s the one day of the year where mothers are treated to breakfast in bed (hopefully not at the crack of dawn!) and showered with cards and gifts. Of course these things only happen where the children in question have been prompted by well-organised teachers or the ubiquitous advertising of florists and card retailers.

Mothering Sunday started as a church event and had nothing to do with female heads of the family per se. Traditionally parishioners were expected to return to their mother church (that is the main church or cathedral in their area) rather than attending the local daughter church. The 4th Sunday in Lent was set as the time to mark this tradition, and domestic servants were given time off to be able to join in.

Naturally this practice allowed families to come together, and the celebration has grown into an opportunity to express gratitude to mothers with Spring flowers and cards. Indeed, the event even has its own special cake, the Simnel Cake!

Of course Mothers are important throughout the year, not just on Mother’s Day. Matriarch has an essential role in the family, and in society as a whole, keeping everyone moving in the right direction and providing the organisational glue. In fact, Mothers provide a complete family support service: chauffeur, cook, personal assistant, housekeeper, confidante and adviser. Their pivotal role is witnessed in the use of the term in such expressions as mother lode and a computer motherboard.

But where does Computer Troubleshooters come in on the subject of Mother’s Day, I hear you ask. Well, just as a mother provides a family support service, we like to think that we are there for your company’s computers. We will fuss over your IT like a mother hen, and make you feel secure being tied to your mother’s apron strings. You can entrust us with your precious data as we promise to keep Mum, and Mum’s the word if you choose to share access to your systems with us.

There’s just one question for you to answer this Mother’s Day if you are looking for someone to take care of your IT: Shall I be Mother?

To find out contact Suzanne at Computer Troubleshooters on 01732 300064 or email  [email protected]

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