September 6th National Lazy Moms Day

Sept. 6th National Lazy Moms Day

The first Friday of September is National Lazy Moms Day. You really should allow them this one day because I have never met any lazy moms. They deserve at least one day to themselves. If you think of all the things your mom does for you, 365 days a year, one day really isn’t asking much. All those meals, washing clothes, driving you somewhere, listening to your troubles, doing your homework, and the countless other thousands of things earns her today.  Moms never get the credit they are due, so let them have today to themselves.

How to celebrate – Treat your mom like a queen today. Take your mom to lunch. Talk with your mom, even if you have no idea what she is saying.

May 12th Mother’s Day

The one person we really do everything to is our mother. Of course their are good mothers and bad mothers but she is where life begins and without her, none of us would be here. Today is the day we set aside to honor her since the first Mother’s Day in 1908 in Philadelphia. But really we should honor her every day. The day always falls the 2nd Sunday in May so the date may change but the idea of it never does. And really, today shouldn’t be restricted to just one day, it should be every day of the year. Whether it is Mother Nature, the Mother of Invention or just your own mom, honor her for all she has given you since before you were even born.

How to celebrate – Let your mom know you love her. Take your mom someplace special today. Make something for your mom just like you did when you were young. (It will mean more)

May 13th Mother’s Day

Today we celebrate Frank Zapa’s band, the Mother’s of Invention. Did you know that the old Turtles band (So Happy Together) made up the singers for Zapa? Oh wait, I’m told it’s not those Mother’s. Oops, my bad.

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Actually it’s the day to celebrate those women we would not be here to celebrate for if not for them. I owe my mother everything! Literally! And no one has ever loved me more. I was nearly perfect in her eyes, though I was about as far from being perfect as I could be. But that’s what being a mom is all about, raising their children. Not that they can’t have careers as well, but their children will normally come first. And today is the day that she should become first for the rest of us.

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The holiday comes to us via Anna Jarvis who was celebrating her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who helped nurse veterans of the Civil War, as well as raising her family. When she died, Anna created Mother’s Day in her honor. Though originally it was just celebrate by the St. James Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

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The first official Mother’s Day came on May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia and eventually went nation wide being set on the second Sunday of May, so the dates do change. Really, in all honesty, of all the holidays we celebrate this is probably one of the most important.

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Give her candy or flowers, take her to dinner or brunch, or just spend the day with her doing whatever she wants it’s a little pay back for what she has given you. Very little indeed since you can never repay her for all she has done.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your mother today or better yet, let her enjoy you. Make your mom her favorite meal, no strings attached. In some way, let her know she is just as important to you as you have been to her.

National Parents Day

One of the toughest jobs in the world is being a parent. There are a lot of people who have children but that does not make them a parent. A parent is always someone who puts themselves second to their children, who see to the needs of their children even beyond their own, and is willing to teach, nurture and love unconditionally.

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But a parent must also be able to see the flaws in their children and dish out discipline when required. A child that gets everything they want, when they want it, without having to do anything to earn it, is not being a good parent and will lead to issues both now, and later.

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I have seen so many parents that want to be their kids best friend. That is not being a parent either. The children of parents that are “friends” with their children are more likely to let them get away with things they shouldn’t and not learn that to get respect, you have to give respect.

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And when it’s time to let go, a parent will know instinctively, a friend won’t. In the animal word the adult animal protects, feeds, and teaches their young until it is time for the young to move on. Then they  say goodbye and are likely never to see each other again. Fortunately as humans, we do not have to suffer the same fate but there is still something we need to learn from it. While we should always want to keep our children safe and secure, there are times when they will have to choose for themselves and we will not always be there when they have to make choices.

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So yes it is a job. Today was probably created by some group to sell more cards and gifts but that idea never caught on. It is simply a day, recognized by President Clinton, as day for children to honor their parents by spending a little time with them. For the true parent, there is no better gift.

How to celebrate – Thank your parents for all they have done for you. If your parents are no longer living, remember the good times with them and all the things they did for you. Take your parents to lunch or dinner or do a cookout for them.

May 14th Mother’s Day

Where would we be without our mothers? Well, nowhere because we wouldn’t even exist but I don’t think that’s the point. This is  the day to honor your mother, show her you are grateful for all that she has given you over the years. If you are lucky enough to still have your mother, make sure you do something for her before she is gone.

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There will never be enough days in a lifetime to repay a mother what she is due.  Of course that isn’t why she does it, not for the thanks or the gifts we give her because she’s a mother. We could give her the world and it still wouldn’t be worth what she has given us, life.

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And it never seems to end. When they become a grandmother they continue to give selflessly. You can always tell it’s not just because of duty, there is something more. Something that only someone who has been a mother can know. As a grandmother they add their years of experience, having learned more than any book can teach.

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And if you are very, very lucky you may even have a few years with your great grandmother many of whom first arrived in America to start your family here. Mother’s Day was started when Anna Jarvis of the St. Andrews  Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908 decided to celebrate her mother who had treated Civil War veterans as well as raised her family. They applied to Congress to officially recognize the day but Congress denied it because if they made a Mother’s Day, they would also have to make a Mother-In-Law Day, something no one wanted to do. But in 1914 Woodrow Wilson did recognize the day and made it a part of America’s celebration. It is always the 2nd Sunday in May.

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Mother’s Day is not just celebrated in America however, more than 40 countries world wide celebrate the day as well. (Of course it’s not on the same day we celebrate it here.) Guess they have mothers there too!

How to celebrate – Make sure your mother knows how much you appreciate them today. Say a prayer for your mother, whether she is here or passed, for all the prayers she has said for you. Realize this is more than just one day, it should be every day, for as long as you live.