May 14 2007

Taking back Mother’s Day for Peace

Mother's Day falls on a different day in Sweden than it does in the U.S., and since both dates are in May, it's not unusual for me to get them mixed up. Dr. Darling is no help in this matter since she'd space calling her own mother if I didn't remind her to do it (though often on the wrong day).

But we have American friends visiting this week and they were very much aware of being a great distance from their respective moms yesterday, conveniently reminding me to call MY mother on the right date. And then Vanessa Williams reminded me that Mother's Day in the U.S. was originally conceived as a movement to end warfare as a method of resolving conflict. (And no, Vanessa Williams is not currently staying at The Penthouse-Nordic, but she's welcome ANYTIME!)

But back to the point of Mother's Day.  Julia Ward Howe, having just witnessed the canage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War, wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace.  That original proclamation is an amazing piece of writing made even more powerful when recited allowed by mothers…famous and unknown.


Here's a link to the video for e-mail and RSS subscribers: Mother's Day for Peace

And here's a line from the proclamation that I think every mother can stand behind regardless of political affiliation:

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

Amen to that.

Feed my ego!

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