Why we have Mothers Day

Today I went to the garden of a friend in Bolinas where there were a few wonderful women visitng for the day.I  wander ed about her garden and into her studio where she had many, incredibly lovely paintings she had done. As I was meandering around the place a woman came up to me to chat. She was dressed as only women dress who have reached a point in their lives where they know what they like and what pleases the eye. The particular shade of green she  favored was like a wonderful moss blanket growing around a happy rock in a woods where there were still magical things happening. Her face reflected calmness and a certain peace that comes from a warmth fed by slow fires and good books. This new friend of mine explained that Mothers Day had originated from  “Mrs. Howe”  who had gathered women around her during a war some years ago and asked the mothers not to send their sons to war. She believed that if all the mothers in the world decided not to allow their sons to fight, war might be stopped. I thought this was a wonderful story. I think many of us could do more to stop the fighting that is in constant motion all over our world. As mothers, we have a voice in what happens in the world and imagine if all of us prevented our sons from going to war and our daughter as well? Would the wars begin to slow down and eventually cease? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

2 Comments on “Why we have Mothers Day

  1. She was dressed as only women dress who have reached a point in their lives where they know what they like and what pleases the eye. (liked this)

    Speaking as a vet, I have seen this close up and am more appalled by war than you can imagine. It would be outstanding if mother’s could stop it, but so far they haven’t been terribly successful at it.

    Just heard about the origins of Mother’s Day on NPR. Had always considered it a Hallmark created day…certainly usurped by them, and stretched far away from it’s worthy origins. As use of “living room” has gotten away from us, so too Mother’s Day.

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