Happy Motherís Day

(An article for the May 1989 Deep Cove Crier)
Thank God for Mothers! No computer, no microchip, no hi-tech invention can ever replace that very special person in a child's life: MOM! Motherhood is one of the most demanding, time-consuming, diversified roles in our modern culture. Yet sadly, it is also one of the most under-rated, under appreciated positions in the late 1980's.

Life With Mother
For the first 18 years of my life, I basically took my mother for granted. I loved her, but I had no idea how hard she was working in taking care of us. As my wife and I work hard raising our three children, I have become vividly aware of how deeply my mother loved and cared for me and my two sisters. My mother loved me in a way that I often didn't deserve, especially during those trying teenager times in the late 60's.

Origins of Mother's Day
Where did Mother's Day come from, anyway? The suggestion that one day should be set aside every year to honour all mothers come from Miss Anne Jarvis of Philadelphia. In May 1907, on the anniversary of her own mother's death, she arranged for a special service in her church. The idea spread like wildfire. Soon in every State of the United States, in Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, China, Japan and elsewhere, people began celebrating Mother's Day. In 1914, the idea had become so popular that the Congress of the United States named Mother's Day as an annual National observance. President Woodrow Wilson encouraged the flying of flags on that day, "As a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our Country!' The first Mother's Day Stamp ever issued was produced in 1934. It was a. miniature reproduction of the famous "Whistler's Mother" painting.

Carnations have been linked right from the beginning with Mother's Day. White Carnations were so popular that the florists ran out of them. So instead white carnations came to be worn only if one's mother was dead. Red carnations, being more colourful, were worn if one's mother were still alive.

My prayer is that this Mother's Day we may all show that same kind of love to our Mothers that our Saviour showed to his Mom. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

The Reverend Ed Hird
Rector St. Simon's Anglican Church

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