Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

The modern mother's day celebration was inspired by American abolitionist, feminists, and poetJulia Ward Howe (If you ever catch yourself singing: glory, glory hallelujah... you're singing her song). In response to the carnage of the civil war she wrote the mother's day proclamation in 1870:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with 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, the 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 often forsaken the plough 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 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 someplace 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.

I think it's important to understand the roots of mother's day in American society. This is a holiday started by a women's movement for peace. It is a day to honor the women who raised us, sacrificed for us and who love us.

Although I thought today would be a difficult day, instead I am overwhelmed by a sense of appreciation and comfort. I am filled with the great spirit of my mother today, who provided me with an incredibly rich, love-filled life.

I am also filled with so much joy to be honoring my sister today, her first mother's day as a mother. It is truly wonderful watching Aynsley taking on this role with such confidence, instict and love. Little Eliza is in wonderful hands.

Happy Mother's Day.