The spirit of Mothers Day
Today is the American Mothers Day (the British one is in the middle of Lent). It is worth remembering the spirit in which it was started. Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe – Mother’s Day History:
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
‘We will not have questions answered 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.’