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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. 

During my first year of residence in this country, two celebrations attracted my attention. One was the Thanksgiving Day (1958). The other was the Mother’s Day (1959). Following the ideas of Scott Momaday, I have wondered about a shared festival for all of humanity, one that any one from any nation and any faith tradition can celebrate. Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving Day fit the bill perfectly: One to celebrate and thank our own mothers and the other to celebrate and thank Mother Nature.

Did you know that one Ms. Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia started it all in 1905?  Due to her efforts, the first state to adopt it was West Virginia followed by Pennsylvania. In 1914, a resolution was passed by the Congress to observe Mother’s Day throughout the United States. Ms. Jarvis lived to see it happen, but we are told that when the day became uncontrollably commercialized, she felt bitter for having started it all.

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