Mothers Love Children.
Mothers want their own and all children to be safe, to be well, to have opportunities, to feel love, to respect life, to grow up, to be able to grow up and love children, to learn empathy, to understand their personal gifts, to want to share their gifts with all, to be the brilliant lights they came here to be.
Mothers, when faced with the threat of danger to their own and all children, when faced with illness, or injustice, or hunger, or war…cry out in despair. Mothers then become fierce, Mothers then become strong, Mothers protect, Mothers give all they have to help, Mothers find a way…and Mothers need support.
Mothers are intrinsically united beyond all cultural, ethnic, circumstantial and imposed barriers. Even childless women deeply understand the bond of women as Mothers. Everyone has or has had a Mother. Mothers are not perfect and I would venture that most Mothers have immense remorse for their own perceived failings as Mothers, real or not. But if a woman is conscious, if a woman is well herself, if a woman has had half a chance, if a woman can hold onto Hope, if a woman is given a glimpse of opportunity, if a woman is allowed to be a woman and a Mother of heart to children, that Mother will instinctively act on behalf of the children. That Mother will give of herself endlessly. That Mother will never give up.
I am a Mother of five wild children. Each is now an adult. Each is unique, adorable, restless, concerned, caring, impatient, full of heart, misguided, frightened for the world and their own children, here now, or coming in the future and loved beyond all reason by me. I have been forced to consider that, come what may, each child has their own journey through pain and joy, lessons and tribulations, life and death. I can’t change that.
I am a Mother and a now a grandmother and I have a perpetual broken heart for the world and its children but I can’t be stopped from being a fierce advocate for all of them. It’s for the Common Global Good. There is nothing else to do.
For Mother’s Day, I wish Peace for this troubled tortured world, Our Own Mother.
For Mother’s Day, I wish for Understanding and Compassion for all people on earth and especially Our Children.
For Mother’s Day, I wish for an end to hunger and torture and marginalizing and profiling and injustice and ignorance of our common bonds.
That is what I want for Mother’s Day.
I offer these words…a cry from the heart of a Mother: Julia Ward Howe.
From her Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870!
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with 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, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of 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.
TO ALL MOTHERS ON EARTH: This proclamation is about Community! We need each other and as I learned from the Berkana Institute: “Whatever the problem…community is the answer!”
Let’s remember that Motherhood is what we were ultimately created for, whether we desired to conceive a child, were unable to conceive a child, were forced to conceive a child, or chose not to conceive a child. Our very being and bodies were designed to be Mothers. That energetic is in our nature and is what unites us as women. One woman can change anything, Many women can change everything!
A change must come. Our Mother, the Earth, is waiting for us to gather together as women and Mothers and Change Everything on behalf of the Children…and we are all Her Children.
…and Blessed Mother’s Day to all Mothers and the Blessed men and children who love them for who they are and what and as they are!