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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Some questions answered....

In response to some of your comments and questions. Here's what I've learned.

Someone wrote to me the following:

I work for NBC (in a department not affiliated with this program) and the phone calls and emails that have come pouring in have been close to 15,0000. I just wanted you to know that your voices as a community have definitely rattled the cage and caused changes in protocol to occur.

I also received this copy of a response from another person, which answers Kelly's question about whether or not anyone at Teleflora is a Mom.

Thank you for contacting Teleflora to share your thoughts about the
"Teleflora presents America's Favorite Mom" program.

In response to your concerns, Teleflora is immediately changing the
name of our "Non-Mom" category to "Adopting Moms." After closer
examination, we can see how this may have been offensive to moms who
have adopted children -- moms who are indeed real moms to their
children in every sense of the word. In fact, many of us at
Teleflora are "adopting" parents ourselves, including our president
and owner.
The essence of this category still focuses on a
grandparent, neighbor, step mom, or mom to adopted or foster
children, each one raising and loving a child.

This show of insensitivity on our part was in no way intended and we
deeply apologize for any concern or distress we may have caused. It
was always our intent to salute and celebrate all moms.

In closing, all of us at Teleflora would like to offer our sincerest
best wishes to all the many women throughout the world who have
worked so hard and given so much to earn the name "Mom."

The America's Favorite Mom Team

And in response to April's comment, "I don't understand why we can't just be in the same category as moms." I don't either. I'm not interested in watching the show (which will
air tomorrow night). I also don't understand how Marie Osmond, who is hosting the show and is an adoptive mother of 5 children herself, would represent something so ignorant. But then again, with so many hands in the pot, she may not even have known about the categories.

I'm off to something more productive and meaningful, spending time with my family. Have a great day everyone!
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