Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 13 — this Sunday!

The history behind Mother’s Day is an interesting story.  Officially celebrated for 110 years, Mother’s Day began as a special day to honor the woman who cared for injured soldiers during the Civil War.  According to Wikipedia:

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St.  Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St.  Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.  Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

Various women, all over the world, are known for their service to others.  Mother’s, in particular, are an important part of society as they are often the caretakers of children, sick and aging family members.

Personally, I’ve not always had a good relationship with my mother.  For years, we did not talk to one another.  During this time, I adopted (and they adopted me) several ‘mothers’ which included my dear mother-in-law (who passed away over a year ago), mothers of some of my friends, and some older and wiser gals in my social and spiritual circles.

Thankfully, I’ve recently reconnected with my mother, who, much to my surprise, I have more in common with than I remembered!  Not talking with her all those years was heartbreaking, but it gave me time to nurture other ‘mother’ relationships.  My life is greatly enriched by those relationships.

Make this Sunday a wonderful expression of Mother’s Day for all the special women in your life!  Take time out today to call your mother — reconnect if that is what you need to do — and honor the ‘mothers’ in your life that have supported you along the way.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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