10 May 2009

Mothers: Take Back the Day

Flowers. Gifts. Sentimental greeting cards. Dinner at a fancy restaurant. These are the trappings of the modern Mother's Day. One special day to honour your Mother.

Where did this "tradition" come from? What's behind this "special day"?

It sure isn't about thanking Mum for baking apple pie, ironing your favorite shirt or being home when you arrive from your adventures in the larger world.

It is about ending war. It is about proclaiming peace. It is about WOMEN gathering together to be heard and heeded. Read the Mother's Day Proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870.
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 peace.

Today, more than ever, Mothers around the world are unified in calling for an end to the unnecessary deaths of our children.

If you love your Mother, let her know and help her Take back the Day.

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