Although Mother’s Day has passed, let’s pause a moment to congratulate mothers the world ’round and look at the larger picture.
Motherhood isn’t necessarily defined as a woman who has born a child. The meaning is much broader than holding the hand of an infant and leading him/her to a successful life. Some mothers adopt children – even adult children – and love them as though they were born of the same blood line. And then, there are the “fur” mothers of cats, dogs and other dearly loved pets. On the counter side, many children don’t have mothers, so you might consider mentoring a foster child or visiting an orphanage.
Regardless of the age or description of the “child,” most mothers possess an indestructible love, not based on the merit, achievements, or appearance of their children, and thus we honor these mothers once a year for their unpaid labors.
The Origination of Mother’s Day: Anna Jarvis inspired the dawn of the American celebration when she held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. Anna’s motive was to dedicate a global day to mothers who exceed the needy expectations of their offspring. After unleashing daring write-ups, Anna’s hopes became a reality in 1914 and became the chocolaty/floral holiday we know now. Ms. Jarvis spent the latter part of her life regretting the commercialism she considered a lazy idea conceived by money-grubbing snots. Although Anna Jarvis is extolled as the mother of Mother’s Day, she had no children of her own and died blind and penniless in 1948.
Today the world annually celebrates motherhood, each country in its own way. Children present Mums with poetic letters, skeletal drawings of themselves next to their mother, ornamented with picked dandelions, hugs and kisses. On Mother’s Day, even the hardest nut to crack will break with the scent of flowers and taste of candy. In Africa, children present smooth pounded yams and Ogbono soup to their mothers as a delicacy.
At odds with your Mother? Mother’s Day [or any day] is a good opportunity to patch things up with kind words or a nice gift.
When Mother’s Day rolls around next year, mums—shun the chores, indulge in your favorite foods and relax with your favorite pastime, even if nothing gets done at the end of the day.
A poet once riddled, “I know how to do everything. What am I”? A mother, of course!