Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. If you are a woman over childbearing age, more than likely you will be hit with an onslaught of “Happy Mother’s Day” if you are out and about in grocery stores, restaurants, basically anywhere in public this weekend. On social media, you will see posts wishing you “Happy Mother’s Day” from strangers who do not know if you are indeed a mother or not. What brought me to even write this blog post is that all week I have been getting private messages wishing me “Happy Mother’s Day” and cute pictures of flowers and hearts. Yes, you mean well—I understand that. BUT not every woman is a mother and some who gave birth may have painful memories of loss or in many cases of estrangement. You don’t know. Some may have even had issues from childhood or even adulthood with their mother. So stop making an assumptions please when you don’t know anything about the person you are addressing with these messages.
Mother’s Day was created to honor mothers, to write a letter of affection to your mother and to wear a white carnation. What evolved was essentially the same thing as the commercialization of Christmas with Hallmark cards, chocolates and of course lunches at restaurants (second highest day next to Christmas). The meaning behind the holiday became lost as it became all about how much the commercial world could benefit from it. In fact, Anna Marie Jarvis, the founder, spent the rest of her life trying to “undo” the holiday once she saw what was happening with it!
Now I want to say for those of you who are mothers or in a motherhood role, I am very happy for you and I hope your day is awesome. What you do is so amazing, such a huge responsibility. Thank you. I hope you are honored by your children and that they continue to do so every day, not just this one day. I also want to ask that if you are still reading this, please take a moment out of your day to honor our Mother Earth. Let’s all show her some love and respect today and every day and lift her up in our prayers. I love you! Namaste