Friday, May 12, 2006

The Real Mother's Day

"During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch."

"In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year."

Please note the quotation marks above and see that i did not plagiarize but copied from some website. So mother's day is about exploitation and peace, not picking some flowers from your neighbor's yard and making your mother a disgusting breakfast and getting it all over her bed. Instead, you should make sure she takes the day off of being a servant (even to her own family!), and take her on a peace march.

Of course my mother would never go on a peace march. She works for private prison corporation, and i don't think peace is good for their business. i've tried to convince her that all the soldiers who get killed in Iraq will never end up in prison, but i guess all the veterans who are now psychotic might, so....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for explaining mothers day comes from way back in the 1600s. I always heard it was mothers trying to mourn together one day during the Civil War. Glad it was to give servants a day off.