Happy Mother's Day! For the love of mom

We all have one, and some of us are lucky enough that we will be with her on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.

Others will be making phone calls and sending flowers and gifts across the miles to show we care and wish her the best even though we can’t be with her in person.

Still others will remember our mothers for their love and care while they were with us, cherishing the memories of times we shared and mourning the loss, no matter how long it has been.

Our relationships with our mothers can be complicated. Not everyone has a close bond; tension, differences of opinion and hurt feelings sometimes get in the way and cause a rift; occasionally a mother abuses her child, and the connection is severed for good.

But that is rare, and most of us find that the older we get, the more like our mother we become, and that applies to men as well as women. Even though we have minds of our own and may disagree on social issues or even politics, we still cherish our mothers and the sacrifices they make for us.

Most of us also find that the older we get, the more we appreciate our moms, especially after we have children of our own.

Celebrations of mothers can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The roots of the American Mother’s Day are variously attributed to Ann Reeves Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe.

Ms. Jarvis in 1868 organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

In 1870 Ms. Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” which asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 she campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.

Nowadays, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, a time when the earth is bursting with new life and the days are longer and warmer, a fitting time to honor the givers of life, our moms. We hope you celebrate yours, with a card, flowers, chocolates, or breakfast in bed. Or if that isn’t possible, then pause to reflect about all she sacrificed and try to give back to others in a meaningful way.

Ms. Jarvis’s idea of “Mothers’ Friendship Day” and Ms. Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” asking mothers to unite in promoting world peace, are a fine place to start.