Once a year we pay attention to the moms of this world, motherhood and maternal bonds and this time we want to mark the day with something special; A poetry contest! It is a special day that has been celebrated for hundreds of years, illustrating how many people feel that motherhood is something to honored. As a child I once asked my mother why we didn't have a children's day and she replied 'every day is children's day', and so it is.
Even if the Mother's day isn't celebrated on the same day everywhere, the idea is the same across the world: mothers deserve special attention once in a while. As expected practices of mother day differ around the world. In Mexico, for example, the mother is treated to a song sung by her family, or a serenade by a hired band, in Ethiopia, mothers day is a three day festival where everyone returns to their villages for family meal, while in Sweden attention is paid to poor mothers and their children through way of the the Swedish Red Cross sells selling small plastic flowers and the United Kingdom. It is customary to serve Simnel Cake, a glazed fruitcake inspired by a folk tale.
In the US, Ann Jarvis has advocated the cause for Mother's day, while Julia Ward Howe has coined mother's day on this particular date with her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Howe had become so distraught by the cruelty and carnage of the American Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest the killings of their sons and family members. To mark the occasion, she called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood and with a poem to give more force to her call, the first paragraph of which reads:
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
In this vein and to mark Mother's Day in a slightly different way than the obligatory breakfast in bed, we invite you to take part in our poetry contest in which we are asking you to write a short poem to your mother. Share a memory, explain why she is special, what she has taught you, what you want to thank her for, or not, it is your choice!
We will give away one nice bouquet of flowers between our blogs, which we will send to the winner's mother.
The deadline is May 10 so get writing, it doesn't have to be long as long as it conveys your feelings about your mother. Send us an email with your poem or comment below.
Happy Mother's day!