Saturday, May 09, 2009

On Mother's Day

On this day, we acknowledge the love, nurture, protection, and teaching a mother gives to her children. The sacred, life-giving role mothers play is the very foundation of society. Orphans and others who may not have experienced a mother’s personal love are not excluded from this celebration. How can we ever adequately thank the millions of men and women who offer maternal love and service? Even friendship is ultimately a mothering of each other, bringing to birth the child we are meant to be. Today we can all remember whatever mothering life and nature have given us and gratefully pass it on.

Mother's Day was initiated by activist Julia Ward Howe after the Civil War, to encourage women to "take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace."

source: Grateful Living

photo by Anne Geddes