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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Honoring Moms

cj Sez:  I read someplace recently that love is the deepest emotion we share with one another. So, to all the Moms out there. . . I hope your Mother’s Day is filled to the brim with love.

A bit of Mother’s Day history (from

Anna Jarvis originally conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. But once Mother’s Day became a national holiday, it was not long before florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on its popularity.

Jarvis initially worked with the floral industry to help raise Mother’s Day’s profile, but by 1920 she had become disgusted with how the holiday had been commercialized. She outwardly denounced the transformation and urged people to stop buying Mother’s Day flowers, cards and candies. 

In the U.S., people spend more money on Mother’s Day than on any other holiday, but we’re not alone in honoring our moms. Versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated in 40 countries, and traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

When we lived many miles apart, I sent each of my sons flowers on Mother’s Day, because they have always been a source of pride. And besides, I wouldn’t be a mother without them. This year, my sons gave me a dozen roses. They could have given me a dandelion stem as they did when they were little, and I could not have felt more loved.

I can’t end this day without remembering my Mom, as I do most every day. I’m grateful that she was the mother who soothed my fears, dried my tears, and patted my rear when I needed it. Thank you, Mom. You are forever in my heart.


Before I close this post, I want to thank Mahala Church for all her help with the Lyrical Pens blog site over the years. I will miss your input very much. Best wishes for great successes in your new ventures.

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