Monday, 14 May 2012

A Stirring Reminder - Mother's Day

 I was going to do a warm and fuzzy post about Mother's Day but then I read this this morning and the day took on a whole new meaning for me.  I was unaware of the history behind Mother's Day and was fascinated and stirred by this post by 'left side jane' and reposted by Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Julia Ward Howe
'Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting for an end to all wars. She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wife and mother, to protest the futility of their sons killing other mothers’ sons.
Howe wrote:
 Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the bosom of the 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 out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed …to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.'
What a wonderful call to arms and fitting beginning to a day that celebrates the strength and selflessness of Motherhood.
So to my gorgeous Mum and all of you who are Mums I salute you and hope you had a wonderful day.

1 comment:

Tarrysaser said...

Thanks, CR. Where do you find all this marvelous stuff?