Television sometimes reminds me of elementary school, where every holiday demanded the production of something suitable for hanging on my mother's refrigerator.
And later, of course, on my own.
The TV equivalent might be a marathon of holiday-themed sitcom episodes, or in the case of Mother's Day, something that feels as sentimental as any greeting card.
Not surprisingly, the Hallmark Channel was all over Mother's Day Sunday with "Martha Stewart Presents: America's Moms -- A Celebration of America's Military Families with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden" TCM went retro with the 1938 "I Remember Mama," and GMC, which spent Easter with the Waltons, wasback again, with "A Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain."
As a mom who happens to watch TV for a living, I'm more likely to be foundcurled up with my Kindle, reading my way through the fourth book in the George R.R. Martin series behind HBO's "Game of Thrones."
There are mothers in that, too, but they make Martha Stewart look like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
I'll also be missing my own mother, who loved books far more than television and wouldn't have gone near most of the mush that passes for Mother's Day programming.
I'd like to think, though, that as a fan of novelist Amy Tan, she'd have been intrigued by PBS' "Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter," which premiered on Mother's Day and repeats again at 8 p.m. Tuesday on KUED Channel 7.
A documentary about the transformation of Tan's 2001 novel, "The Bonesetter's Daughter," into a San Francisco Opera production performed by artists from both the U.S. and China, it's a fascinating look at the process through which one kind of art becomes another.
It's also a remarkably telling look at Tan, who wrote the libretto for the opera, which was composed by Stewart Wallace, and who at one point travels to China to visit some of the places she wrote about in her book.
Her passion for the story, which was inspired by her own family's experiences, can't help but complicate things for the director and his actors (particularly for the actress whose character is based on Tan herself).
And because it is at its heart a story about a mother and daughter, it was complicated to start with.
There's nothing here you could hang on a refrigerator, but it's an hour of television that some mothers and their daughters -- or even their sons -- might just prefer to an evening of sticky-sweet sentiment.