In Honor of Mothers

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Mary Cassatt PaintingIn Honor of Mothers  

Since being a mother is one of the most important jobs that anyone can do, it seems completely appropriate that a day should be set aside to pay tribute. But, what exactly is the history behind the day we call "Mother's Day." 

In early Rome, the major celebration revolved around the Greek mother of the Gods, Rhea. Societies worshipped similar mother figures including Earth Goddesses and Mountain Mothers.  During these times, games were held to honor these most revered women. 

In England during the 1600's the celebration grew to include actual Earthly mothers and earned the name "Mothering Day." This day was significant and had a direct connection to Lent.  It provided everyone with a reprieve from the fasting so that families could enjoy a great feast with their families. 

In 1907 a schoolteacher in West Virginia named Anna Jarvis started a movement to set up a special day to honor her own mother, Ann Maria Reeve Jarvis. She embarked on a journey that lead her to hundreds of prominent business people and legislators who all helped in the creation of a day to pay tribute to her mother and to others. 

Finally, in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday and an official "Mother's Day." 

By way of flowers, gifts and outings at restaurants we use this day to honor the person who brought us into the world.

My own mother, Theresa Millette Charron enjoyed music, dance and particularly movies. Since one of her favorite film stars was Claudette Colbert she graced me with that name.  I thank her for doing so, since I have always liked it - and I thank her for so many other things. 

To all the mothers in Massachusetts and throughout the country, this is a day to enjoy - one that is dedicated especially to you.

   Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230

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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Claudette - Mothers hold a special place in the hearts of their children. As Mothers day approaches and I prepare for my "children" and grand children to come for dinner I know I will be remembering My Mom.

Happy Mothers day

May 08, 2010 04:36 PM #1
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Happy Mother's Day, Claudette

May 08, 2010 06:24 PM #2
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Claudette -

You are right.  Happy Mother's Day.


Moms are the center of the universe.  Everything revolves around them.  They keep the planets in orbit.  They make the stars shine.

They are with us for too short a time.

May 08, 2010 07:14 PM #3
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Nice post Claudette for shining the light on a job that never gets enough thanks. Happy Mothers Day.

May 08, 2010 07:52 PM #4
Betty Knowles
Coldwell Banker Vanguard - - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Happy Mother's Day from TeamKnowles, Keller Williams Realty Springfield Missouri!

May 09, 2010 02:06 AM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Now we know your namesake! Happy Mother's Day to you!

May 09, 2010 02:07 AM #6
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Claudette... I was extraordinarily blessed 17 years ago I received a wonderful gift on mother's day. Since the date has changed slightly or these last few years my son will be 17 on May the 12th...but the year he was born he arrived on Mother's day. Happy mother's day to all.

May 09, 2010 03:13 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Claudette:  This is a great post.  A bit of history and some insight into your own family.  I think you have an artist streak in you to be able to pull it all together so eloquently.

May 09, 2010 03:52 AM #8
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Claudette - Very interesting information on the history of Mother's Day. I liked the way you tied it into your family as well.

May 09, 2010 07:07 AM #9
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


I hope you have a fabulous dinner with your children and grandchildren. You certainly deserve it. 


Thank you.  I will accept that even though I am not a mother.  


Well said.  Their time with us is much too short, but greatly appreciated.


It is the certainly one of the toughest jobs and the most undervalued, I think. 

Betty & John: 

Thank you. 


Yes, you do.  She was also clever enough to give me a name that rhymes.  


I am sure that the birth of your son has forever made Mother's Day even more special.  My birthday wishes to him. 

Chris Ann: 

Thank you.  Actually, I was an art major for awhile and my paintings hang on our walls since my husband likes them.  The painting in this post is by one of my favorite artists, Mary Cassatt. An American woman who studied with the French Impressionists and made it into that exclusive club. 


Thanks very much. I hope you have a great Mother's Day as well. 

May 09, 2010 09:27 AM #10
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Such a nice little history of why we honor the one who loves us unconditionally....MOM!

Happy Mother's Day Claudette!

May 09, 2010 10:02 AM #11
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


You are so right. Mother goes onto the short list of people who actually love "unconditionally." 

Thanks so much.


May 09, 2010 10:09 AM #12
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