Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids


Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids

Britain's mothers have revealed what they really want for Mother's Day — a day without seeing their children. It tied for first in a survey that asked 500 mothers what they most wanted for a Mother's Day treat. It was the choice of 22 percent of those polled — although just as many said they would most like a bunch of flowers. Other choices were a card (chosen by 19 percent), chocolate (14 percent) and perfume (12 percent). Just 11 percent said they wanted to spend more time with the kids. Cultural anthropologist Jean Smith says the getaway moms made a good call: "I'm so pleased that mothers are finally saying it's not all about the kids. If they can reclaim one day for themselves every year, then they're going to be much better mothers for the other 364 days." The survey was carried out by Cupcake, a London club for mothers and their families.


To sleep, to eat, to be French

Already known for their devotion to food, the French can add a new love to the mix: sleep. They excel at the two leisure activities, spending more time at the table and in bed than many other nations, according to a survey released Monday. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris looked at the use of leisure time among 18 of its 30 member countries, using 2006 data. The French spend on average nearly nine hours a day in bed and two hours a day eating and drinking. Americans like their sleep, too, spending 8.5 hours a day doing just that. They spend about an hour and a quarter eating and drinking. The least leisure-minded country is Mexico, where just 16 percent of the time is spent having fun.


Taking from city and giving to self

When a New York City high school janitor needed items like soap, he just dipped into a city fund. Gerard O'Brien did not place the items — thousands of dollars worth — in the school but in his home. The city's Conflicts of Interest Board did not find that behavior in the job description and fined him $20,000 on Monday. Now he'll have to use his own money to pay for the laundry detergent, tissues, hand soap, paint, light bulbs and weed killer.


Trying to park that horse was mistake

Brian Drone was in the mood for fun, so naturally he put on his cowboy hat, saddled up and headed out on the streets of Arvada, Colo., a Denver suburb. But before he could say "Hi-yo, Cricket, away!" and leave a strip mall parking lot, police asked him to accept their $25 citation for riding an animal under the influence. Drone told KUSA-TV that he was just out for a "joyride" with his horse, Cricket. Police did not have a problem with Cricket, which along with Drone was given a ride home by a stable owner.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

Moms' wish for their day: invisible kids 05/04/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 12:37am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Snell to rejoin rotation Wednesday



  2. Illegal sign patrol on a mission to clean up Hillsborough streets

    Human Interest

    BRANDON --Jim Reed, rifling through the back of his Nissan Pathfinder, picks out a sign.

     Citizen volunteers, Reed and Bill Staley take down illegal roadside signs for county code enforcement.  CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  3. Video: Crowd catches teen falling from Six Flags ride


    QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — A teenager fell about 25 feet (about 8 meters) from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below to catch her before she hit the ground.

    A teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at Six Flags in upstate New York. [FACEBOOK VIA LOREN LENT]
  4. Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat 'Crazy Bernie Sanders'


    In the wake of a bombshell story about Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election - and persistent allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia to win - Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to accuse someone else of collusion: his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

    President Donald Trump speaks during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington. [AP Photo/Evan Vucci]
  5. Vending machines to give 100,000 free books to Florida kids


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Children in South Florida will soon be able to get free books from vending machines.