Happy Upcoming Mother’s Day!
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY/ 母親節快樂/母亲节快乐 /Bonne Fête Des Mères/母の日おめでと/Feliz Día De La Madre/Gelukkige Moederdag/Schönen Muttertag/Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine/Buona Festa Della Mamma/С днем Mатери
Here are also a dozen variety of flowers for all the mothers out there who tirelessly reminds her children to brush their teeth in the morning or making sure her children get to school on time. May your special day always be celebrated!
Here is also a poem, The Reading Mother, by the American poet and humorist, Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954), below:
I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be —
I had a Mother who read to me.
For those mothers who have inspired her children in the past and for future mothers who will be the inspiration of future generations, here is a tune for you, below:
Now a bit of history on the origin of Mother’s Day….
Did you know that -source, Wikipedia, below in italics:
Mother’s Day in the United States is an annual holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society. Although many Mother’s Day celebrations world-wide have quite different origins and traditions, most have now been influenced by the more recent American tradition established by Anna Jarvis, who campaigned for holiday. Organized by Jarvis, the first official Mother’s Day was celebrated at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.Previous attempts at establishing Mother’s Day in the United States sought to promote peace by means of honoring mothers who had lost or were at risk of losing their sons to war.
The commercialization of the American holiday began very early, and only nine years after the first official Mother’s Day had become so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become, spending all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration. She decried the practice of purchasing greeting cards, which she saw as a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother’s Day, and she finally said that she “…wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control …” She died later that year.
However, Mother’s Day is now one of the most commercially successful American occasions, having become the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States and generating a significant portion of the U.S. jewelry industry’s annual revenue, from custom gifts like mother’s rings. Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts—like spa treatments—and another $68 million on greeting cards.
Commercialization has ensured that the holiday has continued, when other holidays from the same time, such as Children’s Day and Temperance Sunday, are no longer celebrated
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