Mother's Day...A Celebration Of Motherhood.

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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.

Motherhood..

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..

Mothering Sunday.

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.
All images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons with thanks.

Related Articles from Songbird B:
The Origin And Traditions Of Mothering Sunday.
'She'..A Tribute. (Poem)
Looking After Mum (Poem)
Is It Just A Dream? (Poem)
Angels Here On Earth..The Carer's Story


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author avatar C.D. Moore
5th Mar 2013 (#)

A great tribute to mothers everywhere. Loved the song.
Songbird B. Well deserved star!

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks CD..I absolutely adored that kiddies song, it is truly wonderful isn't it? LOL. You can't help but smile.. With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday here in the UK, I wanted to celebrate mums everywhere with this tribute to such amazing women. Thank you for looking in on me my friend..\0/x

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Songbird B, dearest one, you have presented a wonderful and realistic article articulating the role of the female in her essence of motherhood; her love and her caring.

All too often in this world the female is diminished in social consider as being inferior to the male.

Your pictures are an exquisite portrayal of motherhood.

Thank you dear one for this touching page.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Correction to my own comment, dear one:

"All too often in this world the female is diminished in social consideration as being inferior to the male."

The word is "consideration."

Thank you kindly.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you for your kind and supportive words, and how true they are. I enjoy the wisdom you share with us my friend. Thank you for looking in on me..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Mar 2013 (#)

just beautiful Songbird, thank you:0)...

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you so much dear friend of mine..I always love to see you here on my page Delicia..\0/x

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Mar 2013 (#)

this is super duper super...song, words and pictures sublime....thanks so much dear One....

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you Carolan..Knowing how creative and professional your own work is here on Wikinut, I take that as high praise indeed my friend.xxx

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author avatar Val Mills
5th Mar 2013 (#)

This is such a beautiful article, you've put so much effort into it, both the wrods and choice of pictures. I love the story of Krnus and Zeus :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Val..Yes, I often find myself immersed in mythology on my articles, and it always fascinates me... So good to see you here Val..\0/x

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Mother and child- the pictures and article and stories and poems and everything will never get old..... it's an ever green topic to discuss and enjoy. Thanks Songbird for sharing the nice topic.

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you for looking in on me and posting such an insightful post..It is good to see you again..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Mar 2013 (#)

For a mother, her children are always children however old they get! Her affection knows no bounds! Children cannot reciprocate the intensity and depth of mother's love. Inimitable post with wondrous pictures, video that touch our hearts. Thanks Songbird - you made our day! siva

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you dear Sivar..I so love seeing you on my page, and am hoping to catch up on all yours I have missed whilst I have away my friend. A mother's love is like no other on earth when it comes to her children.. I lost my mum many years ago, but she continues to live on in my heart..Bless you dear friend.\0/x

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author avatar Buzz
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Oh, hugs, hugs, hugs, dear Bev! Love this article. I wanna faint in the beauty of your words..in your arms!

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Buzz, sweetheart, no one can ever say that you are understated my friend! LOL..Great to see you again and love the enthusiasm you bring to my page! \0/x

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Wonderful article with superb references, well researched. great composition with artwork, etc. :)

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you so much RD, that is high praise indeed knowing how wonderful your articles are and the standard they reach..Hope you enjoyed the embedded videos..\0/x

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Beautifully written, and so very informative. I especially enjoyed your images. Thanks!

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Mike you have quite made my day for me looking in on my work. Thank you so much!!

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author avatar Carol
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Oh this is ovely, and so beautifully illustrated!

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Carol..I have missed much of your work whilst I have been away..So good to see you here on my page. Happy Mother's Day on Sunday my friend..

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th Mar 2013 (#)

Such a lovely trubute to your own mother, and mothers all over the world Bev. I remember someone saying to me to look after your mother as you only have one of them, and you will miss them when they are no longer here...so true. Take care my good friend x

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Mar 2013 (#)

True indeed Rich, and I still miss my mum very much.. Motherhood is the greatest dedication of love my friend..\0/x

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2013 (#)

So beautiful. Mothers are indeed God's best gift to us! May your Mother rest in peace.

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you Ambreen for your post and looking in on me..It is appreciated.

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author avatar Retired
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Maybe not having had a mother was what went wrong with Adam and Eve! Great and timely tribute Songbird.

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Rask..Glad you enjoyed my friend..Good to see you here on my page. Thanks so much for looking in on me..

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
26th Mar 2013 (#)

You paint a beautiful picture here, Bev. I love the way you use the pictures for your words.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Ah bless you Shirley, I know that I put in a lot of hours to try and make an interesting and relatable article for members to read and post on, and I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it too my friend..\0/x

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