Happy Mother’s Day!

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

Perhaps I am a bit partial to Mother’s Day because a) I think I have the greatest mother in the world and can only hope to rear my daughters with a smidgen of the common sense, love and support she gave my sisters and me and b) Mother’s Day was first celebrated near where I grew up in beautiful West Virginia.

The day was originated by Ann Jarvis of Grafton, W.Va. in 1910 and became a national celebration in 1914. In an effort to memorialize her own mother, she sought to have a national day set apart to honor all mothers. Read more about the history of the day and the heartfelt and far-reaching actions of Anna Jarvis.

If this is your first Mother’s Day, you are now joining the legions of mothers before you that have basked in the love and appreciation of their families. The website Best for Babes (a great read and source of support if you haven’t visited before!) features essays this week on breastfeeding (or not) from generation to generation.

And for a little levity, view Anita Renfroe’s comical musical rendering of “In the Muthahood.” Happy Mother’s Day from Hygeia!

 

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