Celebrating MOM

Life has been unusual recently as individuals look into the unique elements of life.

We are all working on the elements of our world. Personally, I have seen the wonderful, small issues raise themselves as nature commands.

A very special day is on the horizon as Mother’s Day rushes in.

Taking a look at that special person. We realize that she is the reason for life.

The reason for life. My own birthday is within a week of Mother’s Day and has been honored by my three sons.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood find their roots in the ancient Greeks and Romans. who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.

The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.

These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.

Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Mich, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.”

Motherhood goes hand-in-hand with feminism as each year paints its own photo of needs and desires and women look again at today and tomorrow as women of all ages celebrate the special day.

Life would not be as it is, were it not for Mom.