Mother Power is the capacity to raise good citizens...
That cherish the earth.
That respect diversity and all living things
That enjoy reading, making, creating, inventing
That know when they mess up they can start over
That have the ambition and guts to pursue adventures and their dreams
That are good listeners, and fierce vocalizers of all they believe in.
That know right from wrong and can correct their own missteps
Who become strong and independent
Who find and live their own pronoun
Who cherish love, loyalty, friendship, family, and their community
Who appreciate individuality – and that includes differences
Who know that looking both ways is the thing to do
Who recognize that Mom made mistakes and that's okay
Who know equally how to laugh and cry
Who when the chips are down find the way up
Who are in every way good humans.
Mother Power is also, collectively, the power of mothers to use the empathy and nurturing spirit of motherhood that comes with it, to fight for what's right for their children, the community and the planet. And that’s the prompt to mention that the USA’s Mother’s Day, traditionally celebrated the second Sunday in May, isn’t actually a Hallmark invention, but all due to Ann Reeves Jarvis, community-minded peace activist, and organizer of women’s brigades during the American Civil War who, with her fellow community worker, Julie Ward Howe, started the idea that all mothers should be commemorated for the “matchless service they render to humanity in every field of life.” However, after her death in 1905, her daughter, Anna, reinterpreted the event – then growing in popularity - through the lens of a devoted daughter to mean the day was dedicated to: "The Best Mother who Ever Lived—Your Mother." (To underscore this intent she also insisted that the word Mother’s remain in the singular possessive form). Mother’s Day was formally made a legal holiday in1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.
Happy Mother’s Day!