Today is Mother’s Day. Greetings and best wishes are all over Facebook. People have changed their profile pictures to ones of their mothers either with or without themselves. All over sellers of cards, flowers, and almost anything you can imagine are rubbing their hands together with the boost in sales as people seek to recognize the impact mother’s have had in their lives.
Today in church the minister related the history of mother’s day which was not created by the Hallmark. The first mother’s day was celebrated in a Methodist church in the United States when a daughter gave all the women a white carnation in honour of her mother who had died. This was expanded upon the next year in that church and then spread throughout North American churches.
The other day my daughter and I were watching TV when yet another Mother’s Day related commercial came on. It was from a florist who was encouraging us to have a bouquet sent to our mothers to make them smile. My daughter commented that mothers would smile if you handed them a twig, or a weed from the back yard. It is true isn’t it? How many mothers have smiled and bravely dug into a child created concoction served to us by proud children? How many have little picture frames made of twigs, hand prints, macaroni necklaces etc. tucked away in our closets or hanging on our walls?
It isn’t specifically flowers, or cards or other gifts that make us smile on this day and any other, it is the presence of a person so close to us showing that they think we are special to them. So, happy Mother’s Day and may your children pick you a dandelion to make you smile!