In Praise of Mothers

Mother’s Day. It started as an effort to reunite the North and South after the Civil War, led in large part by a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis. She organized picnics and other opportunities for mothers from both sides of the conflict to come together in friendship and peace.

Her daughter, Anna Jarvis, “never had children of her own, but the 1905 death of her own mother inspired her to organize the first Mother’s Day observances in 1908.” Her focus was on appreciating one’s own mother, not mothers in general (hence the careful placement of the apostrophe).*

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Happy Mother’s Day

A few years back I wrote a post for Mother’s Day, and I really can’t add anything to what I thought then.  So instead of repeating myself, please go back and reread “What I Want for Mother’s Day.” Then scroll down and enjoy some glimpses of motherhood as seen through my lens.

I thought our kids left too soon, but elk calves only stay with their mothers for about a year.

I thought our kids left too soon, but elk calves only stay with their mothers for about a year.

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What I Want for Mother’s Day

The ads began the day after Easter… buy this dress/sweater/necklace/perfume for Mom, or else she’ll think you don’t love her. Take her out to dinner. Bring her flowers. Bring her candy. Mom deserves it. Mom expects it.

Well, this Mom doesn’t! I don’t expect any of that. In order to relieve some stress from my wonderful kids, I thought I’d tell you what I really want for Mother’s Day.

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