Women love flowers and Mom is no different. Whether Mom is right next door or across the country flowers are a great way to brighten Mom’s day. When you shop for Mother’s Day flowers keep in mind her personal likes and dislikes. Consider her favorite color and fragrance of flowers.
Among the most popular flowers to send Mom on Mother’s Day are white carnations, spring flowers like tulips, scented narcissi and daffodils. Roses of course are always a favorite.
Mother’s Day is May 12 this year. A day set aside to pay tribute to our mom and the women in our lives who have nurtured us and enriched us with such wisdom as:
- “Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze like that!”
- “Be careful or you’ll poke your eye out!”
- “Wear clean underwear, you never know when you’ll have an accident” “
- What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
- Go wash your ears, you have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
- Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
- If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- Don’t put that in your mouth! You don’t know where it’s been!
The tradition was actually started by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia. Her vision was a day of reflection and quiet prayer for families to thank God for all the mothers and their sacrifices. It didn’t work out quiet like that, she also filed a lawsuit trying to stop the holiday she created because she wanted to stop the commercialism.
Later, Julia Ward Howe, author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic would stage a protest for peace in Boston after writing her 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation. It was a “Mother’s Day for Peace”, asking women from the world to join for world’s peace, calling attention to the need for peach by spotlighting mothers who had lost their sons and husbands in the blood-fest of the Franco-Prussian War. . In 1872 she petitioned Mother’s Day be celebrated on June 2. It fell short. Then in 1893 she asked the Fourth of July be remade into “Mother’s Day”.
- Julia Ward Howe staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. She wanted to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.
Throughout history, the figure of the mother has played a vital role in all cultures.
- Japan’s Imperial family trace their ancestry to Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
- Ancient Egyptians believed that ‘Bast’ was the mother of all cats on Earth.
- In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the ‘Mother of All the Living.’
- Christians recognize the Mother Mary
- In the majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
Some mothers have done incredible things:
- Lina Medina became a mother at 5 years and 7 months when, in 1939 she delivered a baby boy weighing 6.5 pounds by cesarean section in Lima, Peru. The child was raised as her brother until he was ten and he discovered Lina was his mother.
- Satyabhama Mahapatra, a retired school teacher in India, became the world’s oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 65 years. She and her husband had been married for 50 years. This was their first child. He was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from Veenarani Mahapatra, the woman’s 26-year-old niece.
- Four boys, three girls all delivered on November 19, 1997 at the University Hospital in Iowa, making Bobbie McCaughey the mother with the record for world’s most surviving children from a single birth. They are the first surviving set of septuplets.
- The record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate confinements goes to Jayn Bleackly. She gave birth to her children Joseph Robert (September 3, 1999) and Annie Jessica Joyce (March 30, 2000). The two children are 208 days apart.
Women becoming Mothers Trivia:
- 24.8 is the median age of women when they give birth for the first time – meaning one-half are above this age and one-half are below. The median age has risen nearly three years since 1970.
- A woman becomes pregnant most easily at the age of eighteen or nineteen, with little real change until the mid twenties. There is then a slow decline to age thirty-five, a sharper decline to age forty-five and a very rapid decline as the women nears menopause.
- The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-33. Her odds of having triplets or other multiple births is about 1-in-539.
- When the female embryo is only six weeks old, it makes preparations for her motherhood by developing egg cells for future offspring. (When the baby girl is born, each of her ovaries carries about a million egg cells, all that she will ever have).
- August is the most popular month to have a baby, with more than 360,000 births taking place that month in 2001.
- Tuesday is the most popular day of the week to have a baby, with an average of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2001.
Celebrity Mothers and their children–odd facts:
- Katherine Hepburn’s father was a surgeon and her mother was a dedicated suffragette and early crusader for birth control.
- It’s well-known that Elvis Presley, was a Mama’s boy. He slept in the same bed with his mother, Gladys, until he reached puberty. She walked him back and forth to school every day, until he was in High School, and made him take along his own silverware so that he wouldn’t catch germs from the other kids. Gladys was strict in not allowing the young Elvis to go swimming or doing anything that might put him in danger. The two of them also conversed in a strange baby talk that only they could understand.
- Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother.
- Eric Clapton was born to an unwed mother and to shield him from the shame, Eric grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister.
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Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book, being a Bon Jovi fangirl and celebrating the little things.
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