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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day (No other day like Mother's Day)

A Re-run from Mother's Day 2012

Of all days strewn across the roman calendar, Mother's Day is sacred. 

For the religious Christians, Christmas Day,  Good Friday and Easter Sunday, may precede Mother's Day as the most special 24 hour period.  

For Jewish people Rosh HashanahYom Kippur, Hoshanah Rabbah, and other holy days may supersede Mother's day in the minds of the devoted.  

People of Arabic and Persian ancestry have days of religious significance ( Milad Un Nabi (birthday Of The Prophet Muhammad, Ramadan (start), Eid-al-fitr (end Of Ramadan), 
Waqf Al Arafa - Hajj, Eid-al-adha)

 African Americans, Latinos, Asians, the nation's major minority groups, share in the Seasons of Christmas and the expected and highly anticipated annual celebrations of News Year's Days (In Asian Cultures the celebration differs from January 1).

Yet, no day has the special heartfelt significance of Mother's Day.  Even with consideration of commercialism and material trappings (relevance), Mother's Day touches the hearts of the vast majority of people in many countries.  Other Countries & Regions Celebrating Mother's Day (Scroll down to page).

A few special thoughts on Mother's Day.....

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Mother (AKA, Mommy, Momma, Mom, Madre, MiMi)

She shared her body and vital origins with us as we grew from inception to birth delivery,

She provided warmth, comfort, touch, and if some cases nourishment early in life,

She was the first blurred vision from our eyes.

She was the first smell,

She was the first soft and loving sound,

She was the first clear vision months after birth as our bodys grew and our eyes focused,

And she smiled.

Mother nurtured us from infancy to young adulthood, and often beyond.

She may have been the first to chastise and frown in a state of angst or in a state of amazement,

She gave the first lessons,

She fed, she washed, she clothed us,

She cuddled and comforted as we suffered through illness from infancy until life's end.

She punished when necessary, and was it many times very necessary.

She is or was the role model.

She was the beacon that guided us along from knowing nothing other than the Creator's given instincts,

We watched her movements, her tone of voice, her use of language and cloned her smile,

And, yes she smiled.

Mother provided a shield from life's harshness and held us up for life's joys.

Most mammal life includes a nourishing, watchful, and cautious mothers.

Our mothers posses or possessed possibly the highest order of intellect across animal kingdoms,

She uses or used that intellect as a mold for our development and to shape of our cognitive development,

She shaped our early paradigms (good, bad of neutral) thus shaping the foundation of our lives,

Right, Wrong or indifferent, she protected from that which harms and availed us to that which rewards,

She was, without doubt, the first to celebrated our first year of life. Whether overt or not, she celebrated that first year of our life.

Mother shared emotions, thus teaching us that it was "OK".

She teared when we fell ill and she could not simply touch us to make us feel better,

She teared when we disappointed her,

She teared when we made her happy,

She celebrated that the first dragging crawl and probably clapped and certainly BIG smiled when we let  go of the couch and took that first step,

She teared at first dates, cried at graduation from kindergarten through college, and she cried upon sight of us after long periods of absence,

And, yes, she directed us from wrong towards right (In her mind) and she rewarded us with praise as we learned.

She is the most special of people even for people who never had the joy of intimately knowing Mother early in their lives.

Fathers are great, but Mother is Special.....and we should all reach-out to Mother tomorrow for a special thank-you. She may remind of the emotion we shared throughout out life, but she will love it! ..............The Pardu 2012

A special day should have some historical perspective.  If for not other reason, to ward-off the commonly accepted materialism that can accompany Mother's Day.

Mothers Day Central Dot Com

Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamaition of 1870

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Despite having penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier, Howe had become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers. With the following, she called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood:
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
Say firmly:

"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of 
charity, mercy and patience.

"We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with 
Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
Blood does not wipe out dishonor
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.

Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means

Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient

And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

The Rise & Fall of Howe's Mother's Day

At one point Howe even proposed converting July 4th into Mother’s Day, in order to dedicate the nation’s anniversary to peace. Eventually, however, June 2nd was designated for the celebration. In 1873 women’s groups in 18 North American cities observed this new Mother’s holiday. Howe initially funded many of these celebrations, but most of them died out once she stopped footing the bill. The city of Boston, however, would continue celebrating Howe’s holiday for 10 more years.
Despite the decided failure of her holiday, Howe had nevertheless planted the seed that would blossom into what we know as Mother’s Day today. A West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the group held a Mother’s Friendship Day.

There are few days more important than Mother's Day. 

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