“Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?”
Julia Ward Howe
This was from the same woman who gave us the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” By 1872, after witnessing years of brutal civil war she advocated and lobbied for the establishment of “a Mother’s Day for Peace.”
Both Howe and Anna Jarvis, who is most often credited with founding Mother’s Day as a national holiday, envisioned a holiday of women coming together in the name of peace and reconciliation and were horrified by the commercialization that quickly co-opted their intentions.
Almost eighty percent of us (women) will benefit from this commercialization with cards and flowers and be treated to dinners out today, roughly 23 billion dollars worth. It isn’t quite Christmas, but pretty close.
I love flowers and candy and I also work for peace. As “the greatest source of the countries strength and inspiration.” (President Woodrow Wilson) maybe we can keep the flowers and the candy but also reboot the intentions for Mother’s Day.
Mother to many, Mother Theresa said:
Maybe she would also have said:
If you work for peace you will be ridiculed, dismissed and have your actions and motivations questioned.
The best way to celebrate Mother’s Day:
Work for peace anyway.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and other mothers!