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Mother's Day

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When I was a child we would wear an artificial carnation to church on Mother’s Day.  Red or pink meant that one’s mother was alive whereas white indicated that the person’s mother had passed.  Since then, I have been thinking about how many different kinds of mothers we recognize in society: Birth mother – The woman who conceived and gave birth to you. Adoptive mother – The person who legally or formally took on the caregiving responsibilities for you. Social mother – A woman who informally took on the role of a parent by your choice, by hers or by...

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Honouring Mothers

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The first time that Mother’s Day was officially celebrated was on May 10, 1908 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virgina, USA.   The originator who established it was Anna Jarvis who had admired the work of her own mother and, after her death wanted to make a special tribute to her.  During the service she distributed 500 carnations to women in the church as this had been the favourite flower of her mother.  In 1912 Anna trademarked the phrases “Second Sunday in May” “Mother’s Day”.   That year she also created the Mother’s Day International Association. President Woodrow Wilson...

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Different Types of Mothers

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When I was a child we would wear an artificial carnation to church on Mother's Day. Red or pink meant that one's mother was alive whereas white indicated that the person's mother had passed. Since then, I have been thinking about how many different kinds of mothers we recognize in society:1. Birth mother - The woman who conceived and gave birth to you.2. Adoptive mother - The person who legally or formally took on the caregiving responsibilities for you.3. Social mother - A woman who informally took on the role of a parent by your choice, by hers or by...

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Mother's Day - A Difficult Role

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One of the most difficult roles that I have ever had is to be a parent. Oh, don't think that I didn't or don't enjoy it. Parenting has brought me some of the most rewarding and rich experiences of my life. It is a lot easier, however, to not have any children and then just give advice to those who do. Or to be a grandparent where you can be viewed as a "hero" for investing a little time and uniqueness into the life of a wide-eyed child. You can have great fun and send that child home before you...

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A New Princess

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The eyes of the world have been focused on England since the fall of 2014 when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that they were expecting their second child. Over the past few days, a lot of money has changed hands as people have speculated and wagered on the gender of the unborn child and then, once the girl was born, what name she would be given. Those who chose Charlotte won! You might not know that there were actually two sisters born in 1822 and 1833 who also held the title of Princess of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte therefore is...

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What Should You Do For Mother's Day?

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When I was a child, Mother's Day was a very big deal. We used to go to church wearing artificial carnations that were pinned on our clothing in honour. Red or pink ones meant that our mother was alive whereas white ones indicated that our mom had died. Besides giving homemade gifts, carefully coloured pictures or cards that were created in our school art class, we would have a special meal. Sometimes it would be in a restaurant. At other times we would gather at an aunt's house. No matter where we were it was a special time to be...

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