Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

This weekend people across the country will celebrate their mothers and the women that have touched their lives in a "mother like" context.  There are those that don't grow up with their mothers for a multiple of reasons, but grandmothers, aunts, teachers and sometimes just that neighbor down the street will fill the shoes that can only be done by a mother's love.

Mother's Day is one of the most commercial and lucrative holidays for card companies, florists, and restaurants.  It's been stated that close to $6 billion dollars are spent annually on these items, including gifts such as spa treatments and jewelry.  Believe it or not, It is also considered one of the "holidays" where people go to church that only attend on Easter, Mother's Day  and Christmas.  Church also made it popular for one to wear a red carnation if your mother is still alive and a white one if she's deceased. 

I think it's wonderful to acknowledge mothers, I love the attention bestowed upon me by my children, however, why do we have to honor and uplift the love of mother's just once a year?  Instead of spending billions of dollars on things that perish, find out what's your mother's favorite charity and donate to a cause near and dear to her heart.  If your mother is deceased, then do something to help another individual in honor of her work.  Another idea since it is close to graduation, would be to donate money towards a scholarship in the name of your mother.  These are just suggestions that can have a profound impact on others and future generations. What better way to tell your mother you love and appreciate all that she has planted in your life.

Author, Honore de Balzac said:  The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.   Amen.

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