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May Soul-Biz

History of Mother’s Day

 Three special celebrations dating back to antiquity were the inspiration for Mother’s day.   The Greek Spring Festival in honor of Rhea (she who flows), both sister and wife of Cronus in Greek mythology who save her last child Zeus from being swallowed up by Cronus; Roman festival Hilaria in honor of Cybele, mother goddess 250 years BC who rescued Attis from the river bank (March 25 – Day of Joy); and the Celtic festival for goddess Brigid (later St. Brigid) on February 1st referring to the life-giving forces of spring.  What followed was a “Mothering Sunday” celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent in England.  In the United States, Julia Ward Howe, activist, writer, poet, and author of the Civil War song “Battle Hymn of the Republic, initiated a day of peace appealing to women to rise against war in her Mothers’ Day Proclamation of 1870.  However, Anna Jarvis is recognized as the ‘Founder of Mothers Day’ in US. Although she never married, nor did she have any children, the idea to honor mothers was the result of her beautiful relationship with her own mother. After her mother died, Ms. Jarvis petitioned for an official Mother’s Day holiday and on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution declaring the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries although not on the same date.

There have been so many poems written about Mothers. I listed a few quotes below.  If you are interested in purchasing a special book for your own Mother, then Seth Godin recommends, a book called “B.” You can purchase it here if you like, or visit the video, which you may want to send to your mom.




Happy Mother’s Day

“And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest. I wanted to belong – to belong to my mother. And in return – I wanted my mother to belong to me.”

 Gloria Vanderbilt

“But the mother’s yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.”

 George Eliot

(Pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans)

“Women know the way to rear up children (to be just). They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

 Rudyard Kipling

“Youth fades, love droops, leaves of friendship fall. A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

Sophia Loren

“This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love’s true instinct, back to thee!

Thomas Moore

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