Happy Mother's Day!
With deepest gratitude for all mothers everywhere... especially the one who gave us this precious life!
“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” ― Roman Payne
“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” ― Isabel Allende
“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom
I hope you are all well and very happy and feeling grateful. (Spoiler Alert! We will offer all this gratitude to all of you fathers in June!)
I am also including my annual reminder of the origin of the observance of Mother's Day....which was a plea for peace on earth in response to the carnage that had been experienced during the civil war. We have been very slow learners...but the message is a prayer for awakening which I will continue to offer in hopes that many will pass it on....sowing the seeds of peace on this planet.
There will be a gathering this evening at the home of Cindy and John West (a wonderful mom and dad!) at 6 PM (directions below.) There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation, we will continue to share the commentaries of Thich Nhat Hanh from the Mindfulness Survival Kit and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.
There will be a Day of Mindfulness next Saturday the 14th at Orleans on Cape Cod. If you are on the Cape, come join us!
with much love and deepest gratitude for all you mothers who are creating our future, Joanne
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!
Mothers' Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870
Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history (or should I say "herstory"):
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Julia Ward Howe Boston 1870