« Praying, singing, musing | Main | Around the Horn »

Happy Mothers' Day - Arise!

Having spent Mother’s Day doing that whole Mother’s Day thing (well, except without the Hallmark card, the flowers, the candy, and the gift, and with Visigothic fibulae, crozier heads and incunabula), I missed the nice new tradition being started by ampersand and others:

Mother’s Day Proclamation:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 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 the 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 our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow 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 then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at 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.

Julia Ward Howe, 1870

Not that I agree with Ms. Howe entirely—ain’t Condy a woman?—but it does provide a balance to the Hallmark holiday business.

                           ,
-Vardibidian.

Comments

Thanks! I meant to do this yesterday. Better late than never, I suppose.

Off to add an LJ entry.


Comments are closed for this entry. Usually if I close comments for an entry it's because that entry gets a disproportionate amount of spam. If you want to contact me about this entry, feel free to send me email.