Last night, I sat in a circle with seven women inside Vermont’s women’s prison talking about the roots of Mother’s Day. I read Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation – 1870 (watch dramatic reading here.)
Most of us have no idea that Mother’s Day originated as a movement toward international peace. Reading Howe’s words today feels as immediate and relevant as if they had just been written. Sadly. And, on a more personal note, finding peace with mother – within and without – continues for many women to be a lifelong struggle.
One of the prompts offered last light was to share a remembered scene of my mother, something learned that I want to take with me today. Read JL’s moving story below. Continue reading