Madonna, Michelle Snyder
Have you ever seen “cookie cutter” kids? You know, a mother with kids in tow, and they all look like mini versions of her? What an amazing sight. Our hair, skin, and eye color all come from our inherited genetics. Likewise, centuries of cultural tradition and millennia of human behavior deposit genetic memories - images, or symbols, called archetypes. The oldest and perhaps most powerful of these symbols is the mother, a vision seen since life began. A mother’s love is said to be the most prevailing emotion.
Inscriptions from 14,500 years ago, translated by Duncan-Enzmann, tell of mothers and children. Mother and child symbols are perhaps the oldest and most abundant in any society – a female’s ability to produce new life was worshiped as sacred in the oldest civilizations. Celebrations of Mother are found in ancient Greek and Roman festivals dedicated to the goddess Cybele. These festivals were in honor of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
An old holiday called Mothering Sunday was celebrated in Britain, a day the Church set aside during lent in which children returned to their home church, usually taking their mothers with them. In 1913, Miss Anna Jarvis instituted a day to be set aside in honor of motherhood, and since then Mother’s Day has been celebrated both here and in Britain, eventually replacing Mothering Sunday. In 1934 a newspaper editor tried to initiate Mother-in-law Day; a few families were reported to have celebrated this day, but it never seemed to catch on. (Dunkling)
Today, Mother’s Day honors love of and by mothers around the world with symbols expressing appreciation for this endless flow of motherly love: cards, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and framed pictures of the kids are among the most popular in the West. Taking Mom out to eat is traditional, relieving her of both cooking and cleaning up; according to Holly, a waitress at Jimmy’s Steerhouse in Arlington, they are always very busy on Mother’s Day. Some children present Mom with homemade gifts. This Mother’s Day why not start a family tradition of your own; make a phone call, make a card, make a cake, but make it with love.