O means only that she's growing old,
T is for the tear she shed to save me,
H is for her heart of purest gold …''
Sunday we celebrate Mother's Day and children throughout the country will be singing that song in church in honor of their mothers. While we believe every day should be mother's day in honor of those brave souls who took on the unenviable task of nurturing children, it has only been for the past 90 years that Mother's Day has been an official holiday.
Julia Ward Howe, most noted for writing the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," in 1872 was one of the first to suggest that a day be set aside to honor mothers. But it wasn't until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement proclaiming the second Sunday of each May as Mother's Day.
While those first celebrations may have been marked mostly by handmade cards and perhaps a bouquet of violets picked from the front lawn, today's celebrations are often much grander and the gifts much more expensive. But it would be safe to say that nothing means more to a mom than a card painstakingly hand lettered by a kindergartner or a a fistful of dandelions from a 6 year old accompanied by an "I love you, Mommy."
Motherhood has been a popular theme for quotes throughout our history with a quote from Abraham Lincoln maybe the most memorable. Lincoln once said of his mother, "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." His sentiments are shared by many, we are sure.
Other notable mother quotes include:
"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
- Henry Ward Beecher
"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"There are only two things we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings."
- Hodding S. Carter
So call you mother today, send her an e-mail or a text message, instant message her on Facebook or send her a tweet or, best of all, stop by to see her. Give her a hug, a kiss and a big thank you for all she has done for you and will continue to do for you for the rest of her life.
In tribute and honor of the mothers throughout our area, whether they are young or old, rich or poor, raising a family with a partner or alone, we send our fondest wishes for a happy and loving Mother's Day.