May 13, 2007
A Reminder About Mothers Day

I would like to remind everyone that Mother's Day was part of national antiwar and peace effort. It’s a shame we have forgotten the original reason for Mothers Day. Let us take time today to remember Julia Ward Howe and the original Mother’s Day Proclamation:

Arise then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly: We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own, it says "Disarm! Disarm!" The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient and the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

Please email this post to ten of your friends and remind them to tell this story to their mothers, wives and/or children.



Posted by Buck Batard at May 13, 2007 04:53 PM
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In case anyone thinks I've gone bonkers, I threw in that last part for snark's sake.

Posted by: Buck on May 14, 2007 7:11 AM
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