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    Jun192011

    Happy Day!

    This is my combination Happy Mother’s Day! and Happy Father’s Day! article. 

    We have many unique holidays in this country, and a special day to honor each of our parents is a favorite.  In 1914, the second Sunday in May became a national holiday—designated to honor the mothers of our great nation.  The history and tradition of recognizing mothers, along with their contribution to society and the individual family, is an ancient one.  Many countries have some sort of national recognition for their mothers, with Mothering Day in the United Kingdom being the most closely related to ours.  Interestingly, the age-old debate between war and peace was the impetus for the first stirrings of community honor to women, home, and mothers in the U.S.  Julia Ward Howe, author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, penned a rousing Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870.  The cause was carried forward by others and in 1908 Anna M. Jarvis labored to bring national attention to what was already a holiday in many states.

    Father’s Day in America has a less political history but is just as meaningful.  Also, beginning in 1908, the first celebrations were held to honor the fathers lost during a mining accident in West Virginia.  What started as complement to a national Mother’s Day, soon flourished on its own merits of honoring the men and fathers in our lives.  Why national recognition for Father’s Day took so long is muddled and confusing; but it wasn’t until 1972 that a law was passed for the national holiday.

    Interesting.  History, of any kind, is always interesting to me.  I guess, though, if it were not for the government-sanctioned, national holiday law, the poor parents of our country would be sorely neglected.  Overlooked and underappreciated.  No one would ever think to tell their parents how much they love them, honor them, or appreciate them.  Yes, there are some lousy parents out there; but the majority are not.

    Do the parents, grandparents, or parent substitutes in your life know how much they mean to you?  How often do you tell them or show them?  Phone calls, cards, email, visits, tokens of appreciation?  Any small gesture will do.  Please don’t wait until the country tells you to - tell your mom and dad you love them.  That you are blessed because of them.  That you appreciate their sacrifices and love over the years.

    Mother, Daddy, I love you.  Thank you for loving me, disciplining me, and preparing me for adulthood.  Thank you for loving my husband and my children.  Thank you for helping me and advising me over the years.  Our close-knit family is testimony to your care and devotion.  And your example of service, hard work, and love.  Thank you for rearing us in a Christian home and passing on your own love and devotion to God.  Thank you for being patient, for over-looking the shortcomings in my life, and for expecting me to always do the right thing.  Happy Lord’s Day and Happy Day!

    Now, what’s for lunch?

     

    Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
       and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
    They are a garland to grace your head
       and a chain to adorn your neck.  
    Proverbs 1:8-9

     

    Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
       and parents are the pride of their children. 
    Proverbs 17:6