Well, Jeff, I was just about to come on and say the same:) Happy Mother’s Day to all. I have single friends who also are so wonderful and “stand in the breach” when mothers can’t. A special shout out to them today. (Tish, take a bow please)…again, Happy Mothers Day!
Happy Mother’s Day indeed, to all moms. Below is a brief account of its history, forgotten by most, as commercialization dominataies modern celebrations.
“Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting ‘for an end to all wars.’ She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wife and mother, to protest the futility of their sons killing other mothers’ sons.”
Mother’s Day Proclamation
by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870
The First Mother’s Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe
was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another 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 not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow 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 & 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 Caesars but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place 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.
Had to inform myself on Lysistrata, not having read any Greek plays but those assigned in college. Smart move by the Athenian women–if my quick scan–and yes, for once I used Wiki, as always accused by a local right wing blogger–of the info is correct. Any tactic to keep those dang Spartans as far away fro Athens as possible.