Mothers Day – Peace Day

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers” Rudyard Kipling

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  ~Elizabeth Stone

 As I prepare to celebrate Mother’s day Sunday May 12th, I have been thinking about the origins of this holiday, which I discovered are rooted in the desire for peace.

Mother’s day, the American holiday began as an effort by Mother’s protesting the carnage of the civil war. Led by Juliet Ward Howe, in 1873 18 North American cities observed a new Mother’s holiday calling on Mother’s to come together and protest what was seen as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers.  Those initial Mothers day celebrations died out, but despite the decided failure of her holiday, Howe had nevertheless planted the seed that would blossom into what we know as Mother’s Day today. Years later a West Virginia woman’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the group held a Mother’s Friendship Day.

After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. In 1908, Anna petitioned the superintendent of the church where her Mother had spent over 20 years teaching Sunday school. Her request was honored, and on May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Churchin Grafton,West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania.  Then by 1909 forty six states were holding Mothers day services. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

When we started Studio 12 our desire much like Juliet Howe and Ana Jarvis was to contibute to peace. And there are many days that we find mother’s relaxing with a pottery painitng project, doing a mosaic or enjoying taking a class with us and re-gaining a little peace in their lives. In the spirit of Juliet Howe and Anna Jarvis we would like you and your mother to enjoy some peace.  If spending a few hours doing some art sounds like a peaceful experience for you or your Mom then take advantage of our 25% off $35 and $50 gift certificates NOW THRU MAY 10th.

On this Mother’s day  I will not only celebrate my Mother but think of all of those Mother’s whose lives have been tainted by war or other sufferings and tragedies. for our family and our household it might just be a good day to not watch the news, turn off the computer, speak to each other with our kindest of voices and enjoy delicious food and relaxation. How might you foster peace in your household? I’d love to hear your suggestions! What ever you do I hope you and your Mother’s have a peaceful day.

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”  ~Oprah Winfrey






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About Carolyn Schena

Studio 12 is a working studio and gallery owned and operated by husband and wife artists Gary and Carolyn Schena. The Schenas' art work includes pottery, glass fusion and mixed media. Located in Avon, North Carolina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, studio 12 welcomes all ages to paint pottery, make mosaics or try glass fusion. The Studio 12 gallery is filled with hand Crafted American art with a focus on North Carolina Artists.

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