Sunday, May 9, 2010

The origins of Mother's Day

Despite appearances to the contrary, Mother's Day didn't begin as a Hallmark marketing ploy. Did you know that it began as a peace movement?

Living through the Civil War, Julia had seen some of the worst effects of the war -- death, disease and economic devastation. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle. She also saw the economic crises that followed the war and the restructuring of the economies of both North and South.
I'd like to see a return to the original meaning of Mother's Day. While it's lovely to be remembered and honored by my children on Mother's Day, perhaps it's time for mothers the world over to join our voices and say again, "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice."


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