On May 10, let’s remember all mothers and all the people we call ‘mom’

By Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Ph.D.

Remembering mothers on their day is one act that belongs to the ages, as noted by numerous daughters and sons all over the world where Mother’s Day is faithfully observed.

“Mom,” has not been confined to birth mothers alone. Every woman who has taken over mother roles, whether one is a guardian, foster mother, aunt, neighbor, friend, chum, mentor, and although not a blood relation, is referred to as ‘mom’ in the minds and hearts of those who are considered mothers.

Who has the strongest and the fastest influence on children?

An easy response: Mother.

A mother is known to take care of vast numbers of matters in her own countless ways, uniquely using her tried and true solutions that arrive as fast as she can muster them. Mothers are noted as going about their tasks unbounded. They go about their chores with non-stop affection. Ceaseless love.

Although we feel it in our hearts, and most of the time, we are recipients of our mother’s love, sheer neglect might enter the scene. We do not say it.

Why do we leave blanks? Do we ever sound off when we must? Do we even consider a phone call, no matter its brevity?

Have we slipped away intentionally from occasions that should have been observed?

Does one have to wait for Mother’s Day?

The occasion comes once in 365 days, or, in 366 days, should it be a leap year. Why shouldn’t everyone take that opportunity to let your mothers know you care?

Caring means loving. See that your mother is on the receiving end in the same way she has regarded you. You will always be in her thoughts and prayerful wishes. A mother does not cease loving her children.

Historical records refer to the work started in 1907, by one, Anna M. Jarvis, daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis. The younger Jarvis started a campaign for a national Mother’s Day that carried her formidable efforts to the nation’s seat of power where she initially urged Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to memorialize the occasion.

Passing out 500 carnations to each woman in her mother’s organization in Grafton, West Virginia, Jarvis, together with her friends, started a letter-writing campaign to encourage other areas of the United States to mark Mother’s Day. Their hard work became successful. It proved monumental.

Mother’s Day started not only to honor mothers everywhere in the U.S. The occasion also provided more opportunities for civic campaigns aimed at increased awareness of local health problems.

By 1911, almost every state in the Union took part in the celebration honoring mothers. President Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday in 1914.Thus, wherever annual worldwide celebrations of Mother’s Day take place, the event is intertwined with anticipation, consistence and persistence distinctly honoring all mothers.
Strong reminders tell us Mother’s Day should not merely slip away because the title, mother, is duly registered in our lives. We should remember our own mothers, and those we call our mothers before it is too late.

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