In the words of Julia Ward Howe who put out the first call for a Mother’s Day, in protest of the Civil war that had taken away so many mothers’ children: From the bosom of the devastated Earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, Disarm, disarm! Today more than ever, let’s listen to Julia’s call and bring together our mothers, daughters, aunts, children and everyone who works for an end to misogyny, militarism, racism, and every form of hate that causes wars. Military intervention always brings more death, destruction, and heartbreak.Let us celebrate the nurturing essence of motherhood and together, and build an economy of peace.
Here in Mexico, Mother’s Day is honored every May 10 with gusto. Churches celebrate a special Mass, and the highpoint of many events is the singing of “Las Mañanitas” and the distribution of tamales and atole to all local mothers. To my own mother in Florida at age 98, I offer my love and gratitude. And may all of us remember that the Mother of us all is our bodacious planet Earth.