May 10th Mother’s Day

Where would we be without our mothers? Well, we wouldn’t even BE without our mothers. There is a special bond between mother and child, one the mother never outgrows and the child realizes far too often after the mother is older or passed. Motherhood is amazing. It does prove that women are the stronger sex. I have dozens of stories about motherhood, about my own mother and my wife as a mother. I will not go into them here now because I am sure you have your own stories to tell, just make sure they get told, and that they are told before it’s too late. Though Mother’s Day had many starts before becoming national, it’s official birthday is May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia.

How to celebrate – Honor your mother today. Don’t forget the flowers and candy, but mainly… don’t forget to thank them. Start a scrapbook of you and your mother.

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.

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.

May 8th National Coconut Cream Pie Day

Did you know Coconut Cream Pie hasn’t been around forever?  In fact, it really hasn’t been that long since it wasn’t even possible to make Coconut Cream Pie!  I always imagined the Kings and Queens of old France sitting in their palace enjoying coconut cream pie while the masses had to settle for apple or cherry pie.  Nope, not even the famed Kings and Queens of France, or any country for that matter, could have a piece of Coconut Cream Pie.

However, France did have something to do with inventing the pie when a French owned company in Ceylon, (Sri Lanka today) in 1895, began taking the coconut meat and shredding it, then drying it, so they could ship it easier. With that ingredient now available, the pie soon found its place on plates everywhere.

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In America its sort of a similar story, also taking place in 1895. A Philadelphia based miller received a large shipment of coconuts from a businessman in Cuba who owed them a great deal of money. Not knowing what else to do with the tropical treat, they too dried the meat and shredded it up, singlehandedly supplying enough coconut for the American market.  Once again, it was only a matter of time until the pies were coming out of the oven.

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No one seems to know who started Coconut Cream Pie Day but I have my suspicions.  I think some mom somewhere was asked what she wanted for Mother’s Day and she said she wanted to be taken out for a piece of Coconut Cream Pie 🙂

How to celebrate:  Bake a coconut cream pie (But don’t make your mom do it, it’s her day).  Go out and have a piece of coconut cream pie at your favorite place to have pie.  If all else fails, buy a pie at your local grocery, but remember it takes a good 2-3 hours for it to thaw!