Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothering Sunday

A 16th Century Holiday

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Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

The modern Mother’s Day is a story of American 19th century history, war, songwriting, intrigue, and ultimately a 20th century entrepreneurial woman named Anna.

Mother’s Day Sterling rose

We begin with the woman who wrote the “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” lyrics to the melody of “John Browns Body”, Julia Ward Howe . You might find it interesting that the Julia Ward Howe lyrics indicated the “end times” would be coming during the civil war.

She started Mothers for Peace Day in 1870.

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Anna Jarvis succeeded in getting Mother’s Day proclaimed as a holiday in 1914. She publicly stated her disappointment in the commercialization of the holiday soon after. The fact that two years earlier in 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases "Second Sunday in May", "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association, makes her protestations about commercialism seem a bit disingenuous.

“Little Angel”

Males get to go about the happy business of “sowing seeds, visiting flowers, pollinating along their merry way”, but it is Mothers who have the power to use that seed for creating life. 

Evidently that distinction gets lost among societies where women are treated like property and second class citizens. Even here in America, there are members of a right wing political party who keep introducing legislation to take away women’s rights.

Fluttering from flower to flower

The Scent Of A Mother

Aromatic rose

Find out how, why, and what makes neonates happy, as you follow the trail of discovery with Malcolm Campbell in his enlightening, and heartwarming post, Mom And Apple Pie

Today’s Spring Video;


Mothers Give Us Life

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