It’s 150 years to the day that the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads drove a ceremonial golden spike into the first railroad line to cross North America. That’s the big event of the weekend – oh, there’s also a thing called Mother’s Day? Okay, well for you all let’s pay tribute to the Mom For A Minute Subreddit, which provides a virtual Reddit mom for you when your own maternal relationship is unresolved. Plus: the story of writer Dave Wain, who’s paying tribute to his recently departed mum by live-tweeting her amazing collection of raunchy e-books using the hashtag #MumsKindleOdyssey.

The golden spike turns 150 (Visit Salt Lake)

Visit This Subreddit When You Need a Mom but Don’t Have a Supportive One (Lifehacker)

Mum’s Kindle Odyssey (Dave Wain on Twitter)

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It’s 150 years to the day that the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads drove a ceremonial golden spike into the first railroad line to cross North America.

And there are ceremonies in Utah to mark that big anniversary, but the big holiday coming up is Mother’s Day.

Lots of moms to celebrate this year, of course, but there are also lots of people who feel left out of this holiday, including people who have, shall we say, unresolved maternal relationships. For them, Mother’s Day can be hard.

Maybe that’s why this story from Lifehacker seemed like such a sweet way to mark the holiday.

They wrote about a community on Reddit called Mom For A Minute, and it works pretty much the way it sounds. Whether you need advice, encouragement, someone to vent to, maybe a bit of sage advice, or just some unconditional love, the moderators at Mom For A Minute are there to mom at you for a little while.

Not all of the moderators or moms; not all of them are women, for that matter. But it’s nice to know that if you should need someone to step into that mom role for you for a little while, there are people who will step up and do it.

Oh, and my favorite part is that the Mom For A Minute moderators call their virtual charges “ducklings!”

Let’s wrap up this Mother’s Day episode with the story of writer Dave Wain. Last month he wrote on Twitter that his mum had passed away, which was “really, really sad.”

But in taking care of her things, he came across her collection of e-books, made up of thousands of raunchy romance novels.

It’s wild, I couldn’t even bring myself to mention any of the titles here! Dave is now paying tribute to his mum in the most epic way possible: He’s reading all the books she left behind and tweeting out the good parts using the hashtag #MumsKindleOdyssey.