Friday, April 30, 2010

The Origin of Mother's Day

"Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together." 
~Pearl S. Buck
Women are nurturers.  We have the ability to love unconditionally and beyond reason.  Though some may see our nurturing and sensitivity as a weakness, I believe that it is a woman's greatest gift.  As Mother's Day approaches, I want to remind everyone what Mother's Day truly is and how it began.  It isn't a one day event.  It is a life-long journey.  

Well, I will do my best to break it down for everyone.  The term "mother" is said in so many different ways throughout the country.  In Spain, mother is called "madre" or "mami".  In Russian, mother is called "mat'".  In Hawaii, mother is called "makuahine".  But the term I always use and is most commonly used is  "mom".  Regardless of the differences in the terms of mother, one thing remains the same.  Mother is a parental source, a protector, a provider, a nurturer, and a parent.

How did Mother's Day begin?  The holiday was originally suppose to be dedication of peace after the Franco Prussian War.  However, the holiday became popular and took on a totally new meaning after Anna M. Jarvis lost her mother.  Anna's mother passed away in 1905.  She then started a letter-campaign with her friends and sent it to very influential people, including, Theodore Roosevelt.  (I hope people play close attention to the power of social-networking.)  To make the long story short, after successful campaigning, in 1914, Congress declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, "a public expression of love and reverence for mothers of our country." 

Anna M. Jarvis, Founder of Mother's Day

It took strength of one woman who understood the power of a mother's love to change the course of history.  Mother's Day is a reverence for all women or other single-parents who have to raise a living-being.  Taking care of a life is never easy.  My mom had three of us to raise.  She was a single-parent.  There was times when she laughed, cried, screamed, and gave me the "look".  You know the look that someone gives you to get the heck out of her face.  But, she did it out of love.

Whether or not you have children, whatever you do in life, do it out of love.  We can't blame society, or the President, or other people for our own unhappiness.  Anna wanted to make a change and she did it.  You can too!

A mother's love isn't limited to one day.  Its eternal.    So, if you haven't all ready, take this opportunity and even more to show some appreciation.  Trust me.  A mother may say not to give her anything, but her heart will light up if you do something from the heart.   I know times are hard.  Therefore, do or give something creative from the heart. 

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What's that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don't mean a thing.  ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

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