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!
Our minister talked about dandelions in her children’s story. She told the kids that she has heard that Christians are like dandelions. They bow down when the mower goes over them and then stand right back up!
I’m sure there are many people who might consider us to be weeds, popping up all over even where we weren’t planted. Rooted in God, we can survive many types of mowing and then just continue to grow.
Spread your seeds, and show your sunny face to someone this week!
What is it about this picture which is so appealing? The colours are great! The green is so rich, the yellow so bright and sunny, the blue of the sneakers whimsical, and the little pink line around the toe is a lovely touch. Did the makers of Converse sneakers have this sort of thing in mind when they designed these shoes? I’m pretty sure they did not.
Maybe the appeal comes from imagining the fun the person is having who has stepped out of these sneakers on this bright sunny day. Maybe lying on a blanket in the sun with a good book, or no book at all just enjoying the feeling of summer. Perhaps running around enjoying the feeling of the fresh grass under foot.
Whatever feeling or ideas are evoked by such a picture they are bound to be positive and that is just what is called for as we come into the holiday weekend that really begins summer in North America.
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