Mother’s Day Thoughts 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Love Of Giving 42821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Tiny feet make their way carefully along the forest path and bright eyes search diligently for just the right flowers. One by one the little fingers pluck the blooms and judge each specimen for smell and color. There will be wild geraniums, Daisy Fleabane, violets and of course Dandelions. A young voice hums “You Are My Sunshine” as each flower is carefully placed in a soda bottle full of creek water. The whole thing is carried back along the trail with great caution so as not to spill a single drop of water from the nearly overflowing bottle. The arrangement is placed on the kitchen table as droplets roll from the sides of bottle to form small puddles on the polished wood. A simple crayon drawing on a sheet of notebook paper portrays green grass, a tree with a songbird with both eyes on the same side of it’s head. A rainbow graces the top of the page and hovering in special place near center of the page is a stick figure with long hair and a triangle dress. Asymmetric letters on the page spell out the words “I Love You Mommy” and is surrounded by red hearts for emphasis. There’s no floral shops anywhere in America that could duplicate the specialness of the bouquet and not a card shop in the world can touch the heart in the way that a child can. The gift is pure desire and love. The flowers and simple drawings are only symbols of it.

Mother’s Day was actually born right here in West Virginia. But what most people don’t remember is that it was born out of the tragedy of the Civil War. West Virginia was politically allied with the North but families and friendships were divided between the Union and the Confederacy. As in any war the biggest loses were in the hearts of the people. Everything else is statistics. Bridges and buildings are easier to rebuild than relationships. After the war there was a lot of anger and distrust that was still smoldering even into my own childhood. It was amid all that division that Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis and her daughter Anna Jarvis conceived the “Mother’s Friendship Clubs”. The story goes that the clubs would meet for a picnic and prayer and that Auld Lang Syne was sung. The legend says that it was after the singing that the politically divided people began to tearfully reconnect and put their differences aside. In those days even the bitter grudges couldn’t withstand the unity of faith in God. And although I’m sure that some of those emotional wounds took longer to heal than others the process worked. It worked so well that even into the early 20th century veterans of both North and South would come together for reunions and reenact charges that this time ended in handshakes and Christian brotherhood. The life of Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis is worth reading. During the Civil War she refused to take a side and provided medical care for all.

It was after her death that her daughter Anna Jarvis worked to make Mothers Day a national holiday. On Mother’s Day it’s right to honor our mothers but while doing so maybe it’s a good idea to consider how it started as a movement to bring peace after the treaty was signed by politicians.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A Mother’s Day Story

Hello Friends and thank you for your support of my blog. Tonight’s feature image is titled “Flowers For Mommy” and is available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Tiny hands work diligently in the warm morning sun. Softly, a little voice hums a tune as each daisy is carefully selected and placed in the repurposed soda bottle. The arrangement is a little crowded because the more flowers that are included means a bigger “I Love You”. The little feet march proudly back into the house carrying the gift.

She was awake and watching everything from the bedroom window but when she heard the singing out in hallway she crawled back under the covers and pretended to be asleep. The song was more or less the tune of happy birthday but the lyrics were based on phrase “I Love Mommy”.

As the song ended she was presented with the bundle of daisies which were displayed in the soda bottle on the kitchen table. Before they faded she pressed them between the pages of a book and kept them with the rest of her special memories.

Down through the years there was many gifts. The little feet walked out into a life of their own and the tiny hands developed skills that earned a good living. Mother’s Day gifts included nice jewelry and fancy meals. But always paled in comparison to the empty soda bottle of wildflowers. On the page of her memory book where the pressed daisies had been preserved was the words “Nothing says “I Love You like daisies in the hands of a child”.

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Thanking God for My Mom

Proverbs 31:26 – 31:27

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Today being Mother’s Day I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Jesus for my godly mother. It’s one thing to teach the bible through memorization but to be a living example in front of the children is better. Mom’s life of sacrifice for her boys made us the men that we are today.

I love you Mom ❤