I was my mother’s first Mother’s Day gift. She spent her first Mother’s Day in labor and delivery. I was born at 1:40 p.m. on Mother’s Day many years ago. In some ways, my being born on Mother’s Day — her first born and the first grandchild — made Mother’s Day all the more special in our family.
My maternal grandmother is no longer with us. She passed away in 2009 — the year she would have celebrated her 100th birthday. But my mother is still as vibrant and beautiful as she ever was and now she is a great grand mother.
Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. Her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting for an End to ALL Wars. She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wives and mothers, to protest the FUTILITY of their sons killing other mothers’ sons.
Unfortunately, almost one hundred fifty years have passed since Julia Ward Howe wrote that proclamation and it is still as relevant today.
The LA Progressive sends Mother’s Day greetings to all and encourages everyone to learn more about Julia Ward Howe.
Mother’s Day ProclamationArise, then, women of this day!Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.” Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at someplace 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.—Julia Ward Howe