Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's day was originally started by in 1870 after the civil war by mothers who had lost sons to the war and as a protest to the carnage of that war. Like most of our holiday's mother's day has been taken over by retail corporations who have turned it into a billion dollar industry. Mother's Day has lost all impact as a means of protest and now is merely another day to spend money. I sometimes wonder if there is anything left in the world that is not exploited for money.
The following was the original Mother's Day proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe who also is credited with writing The Battle Hymn of the Republic . I thought it might add some perspective to this day.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 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 our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil 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 then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe

1 comment:

  1. Now that's really interesting! I never knew that before.

    I love that photo...omy cute. :)