"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, May 9, 2011

chalk up one for commercialism




The tulips have dropped their last petals (as seen in photo above).  They were lovely while they lasted.  Mother's Day too was lovely while it lasted.  Yes.  Another lovely day.  Does anyone know the history of Mother's Day?  I could Google it and maybe I could find the right answer, but it's late and I'm tired. I've heard it said that it was an invention of Hallmark.  They just wanted an occasion to sell more cards. This sounds quite likely, yet I'm not going to boycott the holiday even if its inception did have everything to do with commercialism.  Why throw the baby out with the bathwater I say.  




So, what do you think?  An excuse to sit back and be waited on once a year.  A chance to remind your own mother how much you appreciate her.  A chance for your children to practice self sacrifice.  An opportunity for husbands to remind themselves (and you) that they are capable of whipping up a little something in the kitchen.





Hurray for Mother's Day I say!


Blessings, Debbie

31 comments:

  1. I agree, embrace it and enjoy! Also a good day to pull the Mom Card and have the sons help with a little yard work:@)

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  2. happy mother's day debbie! glad you were treated and waited upon :)

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  3. I agree with you! If nothing else it allows for a lovely uninterrupted nap!

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  4. I say horray for Mother's Day also! The day does several things, in my humble opinion. We stop and think for a day, not just about our mothers but of mothers and women as a strength in our society and culture. For me, it has me stop long enough to think about what I mean to those who love and depend on me and how I need to take better care of myself..etc...
    Here is a link about the history of - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day#United_States_of_America

    Have a great day!

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  5. Hurray for Mother's Day and us Taurus Women whom get spoiled two days in one month:)
    ~~HUGS~~

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  6. I actually had a very nice day just doing what I normally do, with the added bonus that Ben was home. :D

    I saw something the other day (somewhere, but I can't remember) that Mother's day was started in the early 1900's by a girl who lost her mother and wanted a day to remember her. Then the notion caught on and was made into a nationally recognized holiday a few years later.

    I'm glad you had a good Mother's day!

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  7. Hello there, I just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and for buying one of my knitting patterns! :) I'm off to explore your blog now! :) xxx

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  8. Well since mother's are bad at asking for what they need, I say hello Mother's day ;-)
    By the way, I never see anyone questioning Father’s day!! Clarice

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  9. It's me again Debbie...I've just spent a fab few minutes reading some of your older posts...you have such a way with words, and your post titles are always so unusual and intriguing! LOVE your blog!! :)

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  10. Thanks so much for your visit, so nice to meet new friends....and I see that my friend Tina is ahead of me!
    I loved your 'Ode' in the last post.

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  11. It sounds like you had a fantastic day.

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  12. Im with you...im not boycotting this day.

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  13. I hear you, Sister!! Love your photo with the chickens!! blessings ~ tanna

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  14. So glad you stopped by today so I could find your wonderful blog! Blessings!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by so I too could find your wonderful blog. I love your life - your appreciation of the blessings God bestows on you, your lovely blushing daughter, chickens in the backyard, napkin stitching and tortilla making. I'm your new follower and look forward to more delightful posts from the 75 year old farmhouse in Oregon. ~CJ P.S. I also married my high school sweetie

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  16. Very cute photo...and wise words! I always miss my sons so much that it's not my favorite day of the year! But this year everyone called and I took the 'day off' and enjoyed every minute of it! Hugs! ♥

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  17. Greetings and thanks for stopping by Gail-Friends. You made me laugh about your mom in her "royal" blue bathrobe and jewels for the Royal Wedding. Your blog is very interesting. I love the home arts, too and am exploring keeping chickens. Tasha Tudor is my favorite artist. G-d bless you and yours with shalom.
    Gail

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  18. Happy Mother's Day to my second mother! Love you Mrs. P! :)

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  19. Hurray for Mother's Day! I agree. I always feel slightly weird about celebrating it (the Hallmark thing) but I do love the attention.

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  20. Happy Mothers Day! I think it's great to celebrate the wonderful things in life. I don't like Hallmark inventions but do like that people share kindnesses on this day (and Father's Day) and it's all about making someone important to us feel appreciated and special.

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  21. Happy Mother's Day to you and it looks like it was a good one. Yes, maybe I am the princess. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. hope you had a happy mothers day! How old is the plant in the first photo? I have some similar plants and I cant wait to see them get big and beautiful like yours

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  23. I say kick back and enjoy it. In fact, I think it would be a good idea to have Mother's week instead of Mother's day... just saying.

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  24. I think I read somewhere that it was the brain child of a single woman about a hundred years ago.
    I think it's a nice day, commercial or not. I figure that folks can choose to celebrate the day completely commercial free if they want, right?

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  25. Agree, agree....now if I can just get them to do some of these things without the pressure of it being a holiday...just from their own thoughts....but that might be a miracle in this male dominated houses....my son posted it on his phone as a reminder, but posted at 8 pm Mother's Day instead of 8 am...LOL

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  26. i see some of my blog friends here...i LOVE the picture with the chickens...is that you???

    it's a charming picture...

    happy to see you at Farmhouse Kitchen today and am Happy to follow...it's always nice to make a new friend.

    i'll be back to visit soon
    kary and teddy

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  27. I am so glad to be a mom! It's wonderful to have a day to thank my babies (and my husband!) for making me into a mom! And I love your nod to commercialism. That's fun ;)

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  28. Girl, you have more comments than my puppies' paws have mud! And what an a-doreable picture of you. Nice, nice, nice. My son heard the story of mother's day at church: happened in the civil war when a woman attached to one of the armies was in camp and saw the misery, dirt and suffering those armies were going through. She single handedly started organizing the camp wives into a powerful and purposeful team of women - much like our own church's Relief Society. The women set out to put things right, taking care of the sick and wounded, giving comfort, cleaning the place up.

    She eventually began to petition congress to set a day aside for the celebration of mothers, powerful women who hold together the weave of civilization. They didn't grant the petition. But the woman was revered and when she died, the churches of her town rang their bells 78 (?) times in respect for a woman who had understood that we are God's hands on this earth, and that we'd better use them, or have to explain why we didn't.

    Her daughter took up the cause, and did get them to set aside the day officially. And when SHE died, the bells rang 81 times.

    This is a much better story than Hallmark cards coercing a senator in Missouri to set the day aside. Which is what I'd always heard.

    And now you have heard what I've heard. Is it true? I hope so.

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  29. This is a great post. I agree with you wholeheartedly!!! :) You are lovely. And your chickens are very cute too!

    I enjoyed reading K's comment above too about how Mother's Day came about. I just recently read this same story in a devotional!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  30. Happy (belated) Mother's Day!!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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