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Appreciating women in our lives

Saturday, 7th May, 2011

FLOWER POWER: Kym Singleton from Picton Plants gets in the spirit of Mother’s Day. FLOWER POWER: Kym Singleton from Picton Plants gets in the spirit of Mother’s Day.

It has evolved from a day to honor mothers to one that recognises all special women. So if there is a woman in your life who isn’t a biological mother - but special nonetheless - Mother’s Day can be a time to tell her how much she is appreciated.

There are many reasons a person may want to honour a woman that is not his or her mother. Perhaps the person’s own mother has passed away or is not prominent in this individual’s life.

Maybe there is a grandmother or aunt with whom one is especially close.

There may be a teacher or mentor that has touched the life of a person in a special way.

Although the Mother’s Day many people are familiar with dates back little more than a century, historians note that ancient Roman’s kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of the Gods.

Ancient Egyptians had their own form of Mother’s Day by honouring the goddess Isis, who was known as the mother of the pharaohs.

American’s owe Mother’s Day to West Virginia native Anna Jarvis, who held a memorial for her mother two years after the latter’s death in 1905. After the memorial Jarvis devoted her efforts to campaign to make Mother’s Day a nationally recognised holiday.

The hard work paid off in 1914 when the day was nationally recognised.

Anna Jarvis and her sister Ellsinore eventually grew to detest what they felt Mother’s Day had become. The sisters felt the day had grown too commercialised and spent their family inheritance campaigning against Mother’s Day.

Ironically, Anna Jarvis never married and had no children.

A recent British study showed that a mother’s happiness with her partner is a big influence in how content their children become.

The Understanding Society surveyed 40,000 households and found that in families where the mother was happy in her relationship, 73 per cent of kids were happy, but in families where the mum was unhappy, only 55 per cent of kids were happy.

Throughout this week there have been a variety of Mother’s Day celebrations and you can see our stories and photographs inside today’s edition of the BDT on Page 5 and in our special two-page feature on Pages 16 and 17.

We hope all Mums enjoy a special day tomorrow and remind everyone that we don’t need a specific day in May to honour a notable woman. This can be done all year round.

 

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