A Nurse With Attitude

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Happy Mother’s Day

   Mother’s Day means many things to many people. It’s a celebration of spring, of family, and of togetherness. It’s a time to remember how much we mean to each other, and to fuss over our mothers. If we are mothers, we can look forward to some pampering!

Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the United Statessince early in the last century. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it a national holiday to be held every year on the second Sunday in May.
Long before our own Mother’s Day was named, mothers have been memorialized. The ancient Greeks honored Rhea, mother of the gods, on a special day in late Spring.  The Romans honored Cybele, their own mother of the Roman gods.

Later, Christians named the fourth Sunday of Lent as a day to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. By the 19th Century, the English had transformed that day into Mothering Sunday and declared it a holiday for servants to go and visit their mothers.

Mother’s Day is tedious holiday… much the same way Christmas, and Valentines day has become.  There are so many people out there in the media, candy, jewelry, and flower business working it for all it’s worth to make a buck.  But all that aside, Just like with the Christmas holiday, we need to put aside or ignore all of the commercialism and live in the spirit of the holiday.  Then, go ahead and do something special for your mother.  And for you older people out there, if your natural mother has passed, or is in prison in the special no-gift ward,  then do something nice for someone else’s mother.


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