Saturday, May 9, 2009
Happy Mother's Day, or Grand Mother's Day
Some people will tell you that Mother's Day goes all the way back to Greece, and although they honored their mothers, that is not where the day comes from. The spark for Mother's Day in the United States was lit by Julia Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) in the 1870's. She was a social activist who was horrified by the carnage of the Civil War and the Franco-American War. She went to London to start a women's peace conference, amongst other things, and rallied for a day honoring all mother's who's sons were killed by other mother's sons.
When I asked my mother-in-law, who is in her 70's, what she would like to do for Mother's Day, she told me she would be busy. She will be leading a protest for peace. God, I absolutely love and admire her.
If my mother was still here, I would tell her how much I have always loved her.