In 1908, American woman Anna Jarvis initiated the celebration of the first Mother’s Day in commemoration of her own mother. A few years later, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson designated it as the second Sunday in May. He asked Americans on that day to give a public “thank you” to their mothers and all mothers. Since then aspects of Mother’s Day have spread around the globe, and the celebrations have been adapted to local traditions.
In the UK, the original event had nothing to do with mothers at all, rather it was a day for Christians to visit their “mother church”. Domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families; and the youth would pick wildflowers to place in the church – or give to their mothers.. ‘Mothering Sunday’, as the day became known, is linked to Easter and observed on the fourth Sunday during Lent.
‘Mother’s Day’, is now a special occasion which is celebrated globally to honour the contribution of our mothers in society and express our gratitude and respect for them.
We, at Healing, Health and Happiness are very grateful to be able to honour our amazing mothers with these tributes:
Tribute to My Mum Chander
By Dr Reetu Verma
It is said that mothers and daughters have a natural connection, built on mutual love and respect for each other. The Mother-Child bond is very special and why wouldn’t it be, the child was inside the mother’s womb for 9 months. But I never knew how strong this bond was until recently while reflecting on my near-death experience of September 2017 and the subsequent disabilities.
I was taken to hospital, whilst in Canada after feeling unwell the morning after September 11. My mother instinctively knew that something was wrong with me…in Sydney. On that day my mother was feeling very uncomfortable, pacing up and down for hours telling my Dad that something is wrong with Dolly (aka Reetu). Not only could she sense this, but she started feeling sick in the tummy. This still amazes me! How could it be?… perhaps it is more than a mother-daughter connection..perhaps a spiritual bond? Perhaps the mother-daughter connection is a spiritual bond?
I can describe my mother as a carer, a nurturer: a mum who taught me twice how to talk and walk! And a huge giver! Talking about giving, I can never come back home from her place without at least 4-6 take away containers with yummy food and other munchies. I still feel jealous as the boys (this includes my husband) always prefer her food over mine. I now know the secret – it is the love and passion that she puts into the cooking for all of us. Thank you, dear mother.
Being a mother myself, I know that “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever”
One and only
Helpful (always giving)
Tribute To My Mum Tess
By Susan Catherine Branch
Who is Tess?
Tess, my mum, is generous with her love and kindness to all.
Tess, my mum, is an energetic, vivacious woman.
What does Tess do?
Tess, my mum, connects with people around her. She has kept in touch with people from where she went to school, worked and lived during her 85 years.
Tess, my mum, loves any sort of dancing (ballroom dancing/bush dancing/line dancing) and playing Canasta (cards) with her friends.
What do we do together?
My mum and I both love colours and often attend functions wearing the same colour by accident.
We have travelled overseas to Germany (Grandma’s home country) and Ireland (my husband, Des’s home country) together and cruised to Queensland (my two sister’s state).
On Mother’s Day (like any other day) we will be in touch to talk about who we spoke to today, what exercise we shall do and projects (craft) we are working on.
Life with mum is FUN.
Tribute To My Mum Asha
By Bulbul Beri
Asha means “hope” in Hindi. True to her name, my mother Asha brings this hope to many people around her with her warmth, positivity, love and generosity.
She has lived her life of over 70 years in 4 different continents and made an impact in each, through her generosity, vivacity and her cooking skills. Whenever I travel locally or overseas, I am always humbled by the love and affection given to me by virtue of being my mother’s daughter.
My mother Asha is an amazing woman; strong, talented, considerate, giving, full of life and positive energy. She embodies warmth. She has had many setbacks and hardships during her life, but her continued strength and effervescence constantly inspire me. She always finds the energy to show up and is generally on a mission to feed and help the world around her.
I have given her much grief over the years and also much joy. We have a strong relationship, full of frequent laughter, irritation, affection, frustration, compassion, misunderstandings and unconditional love. As I grow older and am journeying through the phases of motherhood myself, I find myself appreciating and valuing her even more. We are so different … but also so similar. I surprise myself often these days when I open my mouth … and my mother speaks, (especially when I annoy my own children for the same reasons that my mother annoys me!) Notwithstanding this, there are many things I consciously try to emulate about my mother, she has impressed upon me to constantly strive to be a kinder, more generous, positive and resilient version of myself. I realise that I am increasingly becoming my mother’s daughter!
Happy Mother’s Day Mum, I love you!