Whatís So Special About Mothers?
An article for the May 1992 Deep Cove Crier Motherís Day on the second Sunday of May is a well-established tradition going back to Miss Anne Jarvis of Philadelphia in 1907. During May 1997, on the anniversary of her motherís death, she arranged for a special service in her church. The idea spread like wildfire throughout the world and in 1914 was named as a national annual observance by the U.S. Congress.
The Uniqueness of Mothers
It seems to me that there is no one who knows more about mothers than their children. So to celebrate Motherís Day, I spoke with a number of local children about their mothers. The first question I asked them was "Why are Mothers special?" One boy said that mothers are special because they love you and if you didnít have a mother, you wouldnít be alive. A little girl said that moms are special because they help you out in a lot of things and they take care of us. Others said that mothers are special ...because my mom gave birth to me, I love her a lot, and she gives me lots of things ...because I was born from a mother ...because they are one of your parents ...because they help take care of the kids when the dad is not home ...because they Ďhadí the children--men donít give birth to children ...because God made them ...because boys love them ...and because if my mom wasnít around, then I wouldnít be around.
The Best Thing about Mothers
Then I asked them: "What do you like best about your mother?" One girl said that she likes going for vacations with her mom. A boy said that he likes that she is home, that she loves God and is a Christian. Another boy said: "She loves me and cares for me." Other children liked the following things best about their moms: She is kind, nice, and she cares for kids ...I love her and I like her ...she makes me lunch every day ...she reads me stories ...she helps me on my math homework and stuff ...and sheís nice.
One Nice Thing for Mother
My third question was: "If you could do one nice thing for your mother, what would it be?" One boy said that he could stay up really late and do all the chores that she usually does for him. A girl said that she could buy her mom a car. Other children thought that they could...do the paper route for her, play the piano for her at church, make his own lunch, make her breakfast, get her a diamond ring, sweep the floor, clean up the whole kitchen for her and probably clean the house.
The Maker of Mothers
My final question, which certainly fits in with the origins of Motherís Day, was "How does God feel about mothers?" One little girl said that God feels happy about Mommies that they take care of all the kids. One boy said that God loves them a lot, He thinks that they are beautiful, and He is happy when they obey Him...He is sad when they donít. Another child said: "I donít know. I guess He loves them, because He made them." And finally one child said: "God feels good about Mommies, that they are nice to their children. He is glad that He made them."
Jesus said that we need to become like little children in order to learn how to really love. I thank God for all the children who loves their moms, and pray that every mother reading this article will feel deeply loved and cared for by their children. May every day be a Motherís Day.
The Reverend Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simonís Anglican Church, North Vancouver
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