I almost don't want to give out this secret, but here goes. My family is really smart, we celebrate mother's day on a day other than mother's day. That way all the restaurants aren't packed with screaming kids and they have their full regular menu instead of a limited menu and we can go to whatever entertainment without any hassle at all. The day for Mother's Day is arbitrary, so celebrate it whenever it works for you and avoid the rush.
My mom's a Trekkie so I got her the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Time Travel DVD. I was going to get her an entire season on DVD, but I wasn't sure which series she liked more TOS or TNG. Star Trek: Fan Collective has both. I should have remembered she always told me an episode from the original series helped her pass a biology test when she was a kid. Anyway seems like the perfect gift for a rainy day.
Ha, my mom is super low-key about Mother's Day. She was happy when I told her Happy Mother's Day this morning, and all she wants (genuinely) is for my dad and I to go to this open house of this condo that we aren't considering buying but she wants to see what we think of it.
And we're going out to lunch at this restaurant we go to all the time.
Mother's Day was started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870, written by Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870.
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.