the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, envisioned "a festival, a day which would be called Mother's Day, and would be devoted to the advocacy of peace
In her 1870 Mother's Day Proclamation, she wrote, "As men have often forsaken the plow 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 ... as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace."
The need for a day to advocate for peace and healing is no less today than it was in 1870. Our planet and all the people on it are in need of the nurturing, protection, self-sacrifice, common sense, wisdom, perseverance, tenderness, and reverence for life that we idealize in motherhood. Happy Mother's Day!
Nancy and Tom Norwood
Mothers for Peace
San Luis Obispo