Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May is a well-established tradition going back over a hundred years ago to Miss Anne Jarvis of Philadelphia. During May 1907, on the anniversary of her mother’s 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. Anna Jarvis became so upset by the commercial success of Mother’s Day that she organized a boycott and was even arrested for disturbing the peace. Sadly she spent all her money fighting the commercialization and ended penniless in a sanitarium.
The Uniqueness of Mothers
It seems to me that there is no one who knows more about mothers than their children. So to celebrate Mother’s 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 didn’t have a mother, you wouldn’t 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 ‘had’ the children–men don’t give birth to children …because God made them …because boys love them …and because if my mom wasn’t around, then I wouldn’t be around.
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 she’s nice.
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.
My final question, which certainly fits in with the origins of Mother’s 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 don’t. Another child said: “I don’t 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 Mother’s Day.
The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin
-award-winning author of the book Battle for the Soul of Canada
– previously published in the Deep Cove Crier/North Shore News
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