American Mothers Day...

Honoring mothers is an idea that goes back thousands of years, but here in the US we have Julia Ward Howe to thank for how this special day began:"The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Despite having penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier, Howe had become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on Mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers".

If you are interested in reading more history about this excellent holiday, and how it morphed into an annual holiday, check here.

I remember Mothering Sunday as a little girl in the UK -- it was at the beginning of spring and I remember going to church and all the children would give their mothers a bunch of violets to show their appreciation. There was a special service for the occasion in the Common Book of Prayer! Seems the early Puritan settlers did away with some of the more frilly religious occasions as they were too busy building their lives in the Colonies!


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