Today we were celebrating Mother's Day with Poetry, Memories and Music. Lead by our dream team, Becca and Betty, we started off with Susan Boyle singing A Mother's Day Prayer... well not actually Susan Boyle, but it sounded really nice. They, Becca and Betty (without Susan), taught us about Julia Ward Howe and the original effort to institute Mother's day. Julia envisioned it as Mother's peace day. So much devastation had traumatized the country that she wished that the women of one country will not allow sons to be trained to injure the sons of those women of another country.
"Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God." In 1872, it finally came to pass.
Betty read a poem by James Whitcomb Riley. Savanna read one by Eugene Fields. We all had an opportunity to tell stories on our mothers. Some of the story tellers had their mothers actually in the room. Thurman read "Let me Grow Lovely" by Karle Wilson Baker.
We lit candles for the Nuns in Catholic orders everywhere who obviously need our support since they aren't getting support from other denominations. We lit a candle for Jan's mother who has shingles. Thanks to Becca for arranging for the grass cutting.
Next week we are having the annual Church meeting. June 1 starts our new fiscal year.
Let Me Grow Lovely
Let me grow lovely, growing old--
So many fine things do:
Laces, and ivory, and gold,
And silks need not be new;
And there is healing in old trees,
Old streets a glamour hold;
Why may not I, as well as these,
Grow lovely, growing old?