Mother's Day...A Celebration Of Motherhood.
Mothering Sunday is a wonderful celebration of the woman who brought you into this world, and thousands of children and adults will be spending Sunday 10th March doing just that here in the UK.. My own thoughts and tribute to a great mum and the wonder of motherhood in all its glory.
- From Mythological Beginnings..
- Teach The Children Well..
- Mothering Sunday.
- A Motherhood Quote. Credits and Acknowledgements.
As we approach Mothering Sunday here in the UK, it made me reflect on my own mother, now sadly departed, and the role of motherhood in general.
On Sunday March 10th, millions of mums in Britain will be celebrated by their children on her special day..She is and always will be one in a million to most of us, and it is hard to reflect on a time when she is no longer the guiding hand that watches over us as we progress and find our own paths in life..
My own mother had four children..three boys and one girl. She had her hands full as you can imagine, yet we all adored her. Being the only girl, I felt somewhat outnumbered by three very noisy mischievous brothers, one older than me and two younger, yet my mum was always there for me, the gentle hand and the soft voice that made me feel such an affinity with her.
Motherhood, she used to tell me, changes everything. It changes the way you look at life and how that little bundle of love can completely steal your heart and never give it back.
It is an extension of who you are, and your place in the world..
Mothering Sunday is our chance to celebrate and honour the woman who taught you right from wrong, how to tie up your shoe laces, and the importance of getting homework handed in on time.. She is and always will be the guiding light so many of us live by, even if for some of us sadly, it is now just in memory.
From Mythological Beginnings..
Glancing back in history, we can trace the celebration of motherhood back to ancient Greek mythology, when Rhea, the mother of the Gods, and wife of Kronus, bore six children, Demeter, Haides, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus, all Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Now dear old Kronus, fearing that his power would be overturned by his children, swallowed them all, except for Zeus, who was hidden by Rhea, and substituted by a large stone wrapped in swaddling cloth instead, fooling the somewhat unobservant father!
Kronus believed that if his children lived inside him they could not destroy him as he so feared.
Unfortunately for Kronus, Zeus did just that, growing up and freeing his brothers and sisters from their father's incarceration by destroying him.. with the aid of Rhea his mother.
Hmm..not the healthiest of family dynasties it seems and we thought that we were dysfunctional in today's world???
Ok, ok, I know it's a bit hard to swallow, but this is Greek Mythology we are talking about here.. From Greek to Roman, the festival of Motherhood plays its part throughout history. Motherhood was honoured among men and woman whatever their religion.
Today, in our more materialistic world, Mother's Day is a boon for the marketing giants, who just see money as their particular God, and kids are often targeted as an easy option.
All too often poor old dad has to be the one to put his hand in his pocket so little Joey, or Jane can buy mum something special, just because she is who she is every day of the week, not just on Mothering Sunday..She is our mum and she should be celebrated for that fact.
Teach The Children Well..
Being a mum is just plain hard work... Long sleepless nights, worrying over childhood illnesses, concern over bad influences who may lead your child astray, so many situations that bring out the protective mothering instinct in every woman.
And yet the pleasure in watching your child flourish, as they take their first steps, say their first words, develop their own very individual personality counter-balances the concerns and anguish you go through.
Sons or daughters, it doesn't matter which, it is all to do with the celebration of a new life, born out of a loving relationship.
Dad might well feel he is getting the short end of the straw here.. His loyal spouse who doted on him and him alone, is now distracted by this squalling angry faced baby who has taken over their world and their home, suddenly her love is divided, and yet he sees a softness in her as a new mother that just melts his heart.
No soul is left untouched by the birth of a child.
Dad does have his own celebratory day, he isn't forgotten or overlooked, but well, dads are dad aren't they? They don't do the emotional soppy stuff that we find so easy to share with our mums.
Dad's are practical, resourceful, they are the fixer-of-problems, while mums are the salt of the earth.
My own mother never had an easy life of it. Money was always tight, and dad had to get work where he could. Both of them knew what it was to struggle, but instead of complaining about her lot in life, she used those hard times to teach us the every day basics of appreciating what we had, the value of money, and how a home can be built from very little.
When we lost our home through no fault of our own, we were no more than kids, and on relocating to a new county with very little, it was mum who made it an adventure, not a trauma, as it all too easily could have been for four young children. Even if she was falling apart inside having to leave all we ever owned, we never saw it.. Any tears were for her bedtime pillow alone.
Dad was working away at the time, so she had to deal with all the problems that came with a new move and settling her children into the educational system. She handled it all with her usual methodical, calm nature as she did everything in life.
I know that we can all claim that we have or have had the best mums in the world, but on this special day of celebrating Mothering Sunday, I can honestly claim with my hand on my heart, that I believe that we truly did.
God bless you mum, the stars are a little bit brighter in heaven because of you..
So Sunday 10th of March is the day here in the UK that we all should take a little time out to sat a heartfelt 'Thank You' to our mothers, whether still here or long departed. They mould us and make us the people we are today, they prepare us as much as they can to face the world and make our very own mark on it.
They continue to watch over us, on earth or in the great beyond, which is a comforting thought.
Never let us forget the important role they play, and though every single day mums should be appreciated, let this Mothering Sunday be the one that you can say "Mum, I'm so proud of you and who you are, and always remember that I will always love you. " I promise you, you will make her day!
A Motherhood Quote. Credits and Acknowledgements.
A perfect Motherhood quote courtesy of David.O McKay;
"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence in human society.
Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security;
her kiss the first realization of affection;
her sympathy and tenderness,
the first assurance that there is love in the world.
Thus in infancy and childhood
she implants ever-directing and
restraining influences that remain through life."
~ David O. McKay
Thanks to Richard Durrant and family, and galaxydreaming for the delightful youtube videos.
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