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13 May

Happy Mother’s Day to Elaine, the Love of my Life and to all the mothers of the world.

Happy Mother’s Day to Elaine, the Love of my Life and to all the mothers of the world.

The McGlynn

“Your Mother and Mine” Wendy From ‘Peter Pan’

“What makes mothers all that they are? / Might as well ask, ‘What makes a star?’ / Ask your heart to tell you her worth / Your heart will say, ‘Heaven on earth.'”

A Small History

The genesis of Mother’s Day in the U.S.A. began when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community.

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace.

As mothers bear the loss of human life more acutely than anyone else, in 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote the first Mother’s Day Proclamation, from which I excerpt:

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe our dishonor; nor violence indicate possession. At the summons of war let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace;
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar;
But of God.

The McGlynn

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