May
9
2014
Mother’s Day

mothers dayWe consider our relationships with our Moms very precious and special. And well they should be. Mom, of all people, has been there for us when no one else has. She has endured situations for us and with us that no one else, even Dad, could cope with.

Moms bring the tenderness and understanding, the protective barrier for emotions and the encouragement needed for the journey to their children. Moms provide the safe haven to which retreat from the world is sometimes required. Moms kiss the hurts and they magically disappear, they love unconditionally and look beyond faults.

If you remember the original Monday Night Football with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and “Dandy Don” Meredith, you might remember a game where the camera gave a close-up of a linebacker coming to the sidelines. He had his helmet off, totally saturated in sweat and dirt and obviously had suffered broken noses and many other mishaps as a football warrior.

I’ll never forget Don Meredith’s comment, “Now there’s a face only a mother could love.”

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 Yes, it’s true – One of Mom’s special gifts to her children is looking beyond those inadequacies that everyone else may see, and encourage and praise them for who they are. So, it is only fitting that we set aside a special day to honor the one who has “put up” with us all our lives and showered her love on us.

Mother’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide. Moms are recognized in various ways and for various reasons in different countries.

Here are some notable ones:

In the Arab world, Mother’s Day is celebrated because a journalist, Mustafa Amin, was told a story of a widow who devoted her whole life to raising her son, seeing him through med school and becoming a doctor. He left after marriage without any gratitude toward his mother. Amin became motivated to promote Mother’s Day.

The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started in 1924 after Janet Heyden visited a patient at the Newington State Home for Women. She gathered support from local schools and businesses to collect and bring presents to them.mothers day1

Bolivia’s celebration is on May 27 because on that day in 1812, during the Bolivian War of Independence, a battle was fought in which fighting women were slaughtered by the Spanish army. It is not considered a festive day, but the schools hold activities and festivities that day

In 1920, Germany had the lowest birthrate in Europe. By 1925, the Mother’s Day Committee began to emphasize the need for population increase by promoting Mother’s Day. During the Nazi regime (1933-1945), the intent was for mothers to produce healthy children for the German nation. Today Germany celebrates much the same as other European countries.

India celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mothers are given great importance to their culture and to their children, mothers in India are seen as a god. It is not a religious holiday, but one where mothers are thanked for their care and love.

 IsraelIsrael celebrates the holiday on the date that commemorates the death of Henrietta Szold. During WWII her organization rescued many Jewish children from Nazi Germany and led the fight for children’s rights. She is considered the “mother” of those children and the day that remembers her is set as Mother’s Day.

In Mexico, the celebration starts with the famous song Las Mananitas. Many families gather to spend as much time as possible with mothers, bringing gifts, flowers and food.

Russia decreed in 1965 that International Women’s Day would be a non-work day “in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women in communistic construction in the defense of their Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War.” (That sounds so “Russian.”)

The first celebration of Mother’s Day in America was in 1908. Anna Jarvis had campaigned since 1905 to get the holiday officially recognized.

anna jarvisHer desire was to honor mothers by recognizing and continuing her own mother’s efforts as a peace activist, caring for wounded Union and Confederate soldiers and creating Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. President Woodrow Wilson would sign a proclamation in 1914, officially creating Mother’s Day.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days for flower sales, greeting cards, etc. It is also the busiest day each year for long distance calling. Church attendance is always up on this special day, coming in third behind Christmas and Easter.

I remember growing up in church, that on Mother’s Day mothers were recognized in the service for being the eldest mother, the youngest mother and the mother with the most kids. Some churches probably still hold this tradition.

Needless to say, Mother’s Day is a very special day around the globe because our mothers are all very special to us. (I mean, where would you be without a mother? You wouldn’t be.) So, honor your mother on this special day of recognition. Tell her you love and appreciate her. And don’t just do this on Mother’s Day. She needs to hear it throughout the year.

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I know my Mom does