Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere! Mother’s everywhere sure do like pie! And we have all kinds of great pies today including peach, apple, cherry, apricot and strawberry rhubarb (you’ll have to wait on the rest of the berries)!

Did you know that Mother’s Day is not just a holiday made up to sell cards, flowers, candies and pies? It was started in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist, poet and author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a reaction to the horrors of war. Below is the original Mother’s Day Proclamation:

Arise, 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.

 

One response to “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. Edith Cresmer [member of the Granny Peace Brigade - which is how I found your blog]

    Thank you for your wonderful sharing of this poem, or call to Women everywhere!

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