Most of us remember our mothers, whether they are still with us or have passed on like mine, on the second Sunday of May in many countries, or on other dates in other places. I also like to quietly remember an old family friend who was like a grandmother to me, for I did not know my grandmothers in Finland after we emigrated. I also like to extend mother’s day wishes to all caregivers.

However I just learned that the founder of Mother’s Day strongly protested that, feeling it was to recognize only mothers. I do agree with her upset with the commercialism that grew rapidly after the official declaration of that day. Read this fascinating and sad story from National Geographic: Mother’s Day Dark History.

Our youngest daughter was born on Mother’s Day, such an appropriate gift, wasn’t it? We often celebrate them together even if the days don’t always fall on the 12th. Today we enjoyed a celebratory lunch and cake which I made. Tomorrow is ‘my day’ and I am looking forward to an iChat with my family in the UK and with eldest daughter living a few hours away here in BC. And, what a perfectly glorious summery weekend, the first of the year, with so many flowers blooming in the garden. That makes me happy. I must add that all these thoughts and feelings are certainly not exclusive to Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Hauskaa Äitienpäivää!

May 12, 2012 in Current Events, History by Marja-Leena