Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power: Why and How Do We, Should We Celebrate Mother’s Day?

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power! I’m blessed that you took the time to hang out with me for a few. Grab something to drink and let me take you back in time.

Imagine being one of the women who began what has become one of the most celebrated days of our era, Mother’s Day. Julia Ward Howe, known as a poet, a suffragist and the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is whom we can thank for this day that was meant to rally for peace because of the harsh loss of life that they were experiencing in her own lifetime. When did it officially begin? In 1870, with the Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Mother’s Day Proclamation 1870

Arise then…women of this day!  Arise, all women who have hearts!

Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:

“We will not have questions answered 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 voice of a 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 our 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 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.

Thereafter, Ana Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker organized a day to raise the awareness of the poor health conditions in their community, and that became Mother’s workday. When she passed, her daughter, also named Anna, carried on where her mother left off, inspired by a Sunday school lesson she had remembered being taught by her mother years ago which said: “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.” More than five years later, her campaigning efforts paid off and the House of Representatives adopted a resolution for the officials of the Federal Government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. The first official Mother’s Day observance was actually in a church service! Imagine that… How and why have we strayed so far from our history?

Anyway, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed the bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday!

So you would think that that is the end of the story, but it’s not. Why? Because Anna Jarvis watched as each year, the supposed holiday was sacrificed all in the name of profit motivated by greed. She was disenchanted, to say the least, and even filed a lawsuit to stop the celebration one year, winding up arrested for showing her anger at a convention selling carnations for this special day. This reminds me of a scene in the Bible where Jesus showed his frustration over the greed being displayed in the temple. Interesting….

So, in closing, I wish all of you Moms out there an amazing day filled with the simple things that are magnified by the gift of love. And for all my friends who are not moms, celebrate one around you with a simple card, a kind word, the gift of time, or a single flower. There is so much to be gained by the gift of appreciations.

Fragrantly Appreciated

Blessings

Evinda

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19 Responses to “Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power: Why and How Do We, Should We Celebrate Mother’s Day?”

  1. Lee T says:

    It’s really amazing what you are digging up. I’ve never heard anything beyond the fact that there is a Mother’s Day. Hmmm. Beautiful and beautifully put by H. B. Stowe.
    Thank you once more,
    Lee

  2. Sherrie says:

    Once again thank you so much for the insight you bring to things taken for granted. My belief for many years has been if you need a special day to be told you are special as a Mom you have a heavy hurt heart already and this could bring more pain. I wish you and all the Moms a great day with family and a begining of many “special” days throughout the year.
    Hugs, Sherrie

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    There is truth in that…. Every day should be Mother’s Day!

  5. Shari says:

    I can not begin to tell you how happy I am that you are honored at Mother’s Day. You have struggled thru so much pain not knowing if your child was going to actually grow up or end up “who knew where”! As the Lord would have it, he is doing better than you ever suspected. Thanks to many many years of prayer. God is faithful and I know you are eternally grateful to Him.

    I love what you found out in your research, but one of your bloggers said it really well, “when a family truly cares for each other, the fruit is their treatment of each other.” Then one doesn’t have to buy a card just to say Happy Mother’s Day. Mom knows she is loved and appreciated.

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