“With a little imagination, we could restore Mother’s Day as a holiday that celebrates women’s political engagement in society. During the 1980’s, some peace groups gathered at nuclear test sites on Mother’s Day to protest the arms race. Today, our greatest threat is not from missilies but from our indifference toward human welfare and the health of our planet. Imagine, if you can, an annual Million Mother March in the nation’s capital. Imagine a Mother’s Day filled with voices demanding social and economic justice and a sustainable future, rather than speeches studded with syrupy platitudes.”
Mother’s Day should not be about flowers and brunches and days at the spa (don’t get me wrong, those are nice…but they don’t need a certain Sunday in May to make them happen). Mother’s Day should return to its roots. While I disagree with the 19th century idea that women, particularly mothers, had a special responsibility for the world’s morality, I will agree that we are pragmatically (by current social norms) in a unique position to bring about change for future generations. If we are to celebrate this day, it should be about mothers coming together to remind the rest of the world that this life is about our children. It should be about teaching our children that there is another path–one that honors one another, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, economic status, ethnicity, or philosophy.
So Happy Mother’s Day, to anyone that has mothered another…something that has nothing…
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