Motherhood is something universal. No matter where you are in the world, if you have a heart its strings are pulled with the sound of that word. There’s something beautiful in seeing a woman so swollen and inflated that she has to mimic a duck’s waddle to cross the street.
As humans we are fascinated by a pregnant woman, and the social norm is to rub the soon-to-be mother’s belly and make some remark about the miracle of life (no matter how weirded out the soon-to-be mother is by all the strangers).
When I fell and skinned my knee, who was it that I went running to? I needed coddling and permission to be overly dramatic, something mom was going to allow for the time being. Mom was there also when I didn’t get invited to a party. She stayed up late and watched a movie with me while eating caramel popcorn.
Mom was there with reassuring words when I called after finishing my first week of college. The conversation consisted of me begging her to let me come home and assuring her I’d be content to be a lifeguard my entire life. She reminded me of my potential, just as she had all the awkward years of growing up.
And she was there as I entered into adulthood to continue the cycle.
Festivals celebrating mothers can be dated back to the Greeks; however, the US did not make it an official holiday until 1914. Woodrow Wilson was the president to sign it into a nationally recognized holiday as the result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis. Jarvis and President Wilson were exact about the placement of the apostrophe: the day is to be used to honor your own individual mother, not the women of society. The day is now celebrated around the world as evolved from the American tradition.
Now let’s admit it, we sincerely need this holiday to remember in gratitude the most influential woman in our lives. Although she’s always there, it’s amazing how easily we forget her. We’ve got great photos of moms from around the world, so share mother’s day with your readers and hopefully spark in them a reminder to at least call their mothers today.
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