Well, I remember the first card I bought. It was 25 cents. Once I was a grown up, my mother said don't give me anything, I have everything. She was one of those who believed being a mother was an everyday thing. And I believe being a daughter is an everyday thing. So, on this day, I feel acknowledging mothers and others, those who are not mothers, but had a mother, is a good, great thing.
So, how about this. The day was initiated as a mother's day for peace. Mothers were dragging their sons, husbands, and family off the fields of battle. It was a time of raging wars and horrible outcomes. Today, we see the same thing worldwide. Here in the United States we have mothers who lose their children every day to violence.
So, for Mother's Day, for all mothers everywhere, pledge to do something for peace. It's not that hard. Be political: yes, tell Congress we need gun safety, security that works for all, no more endless wars.
We have been at war continuously for over a decade. Children in this country are growing up believing this is a constant. It does not have to be that way.
If there was a draft tomorrow, mothers would be marching in the streets. Mothers should verbally march now. The money that Congress pledges for wars will be spent unless it is not there to spend. We can tell them to stop it. We can tell them ending wars is possible without big bombs.
In prior big wars, 95% of casualties were military. Now that statistic is reversed. Yes, 95% of casualties are civilians: women and children, the elderly, and civilian men. This not the world the founder of Mother's Day envisioned. This is the day for pledging to build peace.
You want to take action: go to www.wandactioncenter.org/action. We can alert you when to take action.