by Martha Blume
Why Do We Celebrate Mothers Day?
In the United States, Mothers 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.
Peace probably sounds like a good idea to most mothers. Try to get through the day without fighting with your brothers and sisters. That would be a great gift to Mom.
In 1907, Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mothers Day on the second anniversary of her mothers death, the second Sunday of May. Because her mom loved white carnations, this flower was named the official flower of Mothers Day, to represent the sweetness, purity and endurance of a mothers love.
Whats your moms favorite flower? If you plant it and put it in a pot that you painted, shell love it even more.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement proclaiming Mothers Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May.
What would you give Mom if you were President of the United States?
What Do Moms Want for Mothers Day?
A survey of 20 genuine mothers proves that you dont have to be president, or a millionaire, to make mom happy.
Heres what moms want:
- Handmade cards, with photographs or pictures you drew that show you and mom doing something special together.
- A picture made with your unique handprints and colorful paint.
- Poems and stories about what your mom means to you.
- Some quiet time alone for mom to do an activity of her choice.
- A coupon book with chores and special treats that mom can redeem when she chooses, like: doing the dishes, hugs, vacuuming, back rubs, cleaning your room, a tea and cookie delivery, breakfast in bed, no fighting for a day (remember the day of peace idea), lunch. Even if its PB&J, moms like to be taken care of sometimes.
Saturday, May 11
Hawaiian Family Celebration
Toddlers to 7-year-olds enter into the story of Maui and the Kite, w/puppet show, kite making, stringing leis and printing fabric. Come w/a parent. Sponsored by Parents for Waldorf Education. 11am-1pm @ St. Philips Church, 730 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis. rsvp, $5: 410/216-7181.
Spring at the Farm
Tractor pulls, pony rides, country dancing and hay wagons show you the fun of life on the farm, where jobs like spinning and weaving, carving and blacksmithing were all in a days work. 10am-4pm @ Kinder Farm Park: 410/222-6115.
Tuesday May 14
Big Wheeling for Little People
Four- and five-year old riders peddle their Big Wheels & trikes in a rodeo of silly obstacles to test and strengthen riding skills. 11am @ Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. rsvp by May 10 for activity 410341A. $: 301/257-2554.
Wednesday May 15
Kids 8-12 explore the environment w/a ranger of one of the nations great wildlife refuges and make their own nature journal. 10:30-noon @ Patuxent Research Refuge Visitor Center, Rt. 198 between BW Parkway and Rt. 32, free w/rsvp: 301/497-5887.