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Happy Mother's Day

One of my favorite mom bloggers is Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer. Yesterday she wrote a touching and beautiful post called Passing It On. I hope she doesn't mind that I'm posting it here in its entirety:

Helen had a rough start. Her mother was terribly unkind to her, abusing her regularly with scorn and ridicule. Some of the stories from her childhood are simply too hurtful to print here. Helen was so eager to escape from her angry mother that she, while still very young, married a man she didn't love. She was desperate to get away.


It was a hard life. Money was tight, and her marriage was difficult. But Helen was determined not to repeat her mother's unkindness. Somehow, despite extraordinarily difficult circumstances, she showered tenderness on her little daughter Bonnie. In the midst of her own heartaches, Helen was a gentle and loving mother to her girl.

Bonnie learned from her Helen's example and became the same kind of mother to her own daughter, Cathy.

Cathy did the same. She grew up to be a loving and affirming mother to her daughter...

...me.

Helen was my great-grandmother--my mother's mother's mother. Though I've known her life story for years, it's only since becoming a mother myself that I've been able to appreciate her courage. I know how hard it is in the trenches of motherhood even when I've had gentle, kind motherhood modeled to me my whole life. I can't imagine how much gumption it took for Helen to reach deep into her heart and find her own way into motherhood, breaking the hurtful cycle she'd seen for so many years.

I think of her today. I wish she could know how important her spot is in my family tree--the "branch" where a courageous woman chose to love her children well. I can't tell her that, of course--she's been gone for many years. But I can love my daughter the way the women in my family have for decades, and I can teach Corrie the kind of tenderness that will serve her own children well someday.

It's my gift to Corrie. And it's my tribute to Helen.

Happy Mother's Day to all our Wizbang reading moms.


Comments (4)

The best thing a man can do... (Below threshold)
kim:

The best thing a man can do for his children is to be good to their mother(s).
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sean nyc/aa:

FYI:

Mother's Day was founded as a pacifist holiday after the Civil War calling for all women to unite and oppose war.

Some info from the website:
"In the United States, Mother's Day was originally suggested by poet and social activist Julia Ward Howe. In 1870, after witnessing the carnage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War, she wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. This "Mother's Day Proclamation" would plant the seed for what would eventually become a national holiday.

After writing the proclamation, Howe had it translated into many languages and spent the next two years of her life distributing it and speaking to women leaders all over the world. In her book Reminiscences, Howe wrote, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" She devoted much of the next two years to this cause, and began holding annual "Mother's Day" gatherings in Boston, Massachusetts and elsewhere."

The Mother's Day Proclamation:
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have breasts,
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.

An opponent of making the d... (Below threshold)
kim:

An opponent of making the day a national holiday wondered what would the world come to next, Father's Day?

h/t mfb
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Hope you had a great Mother... (Below threshold)
Jeannie:

Hope you had a great Mother's Day! If you didn't get a chance to, send your mom a great e-card from http://www.hipstercards.com/ even if you're a little late, it will be worth the wait!




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