Today is Mother’s Day in the U.K., so here’s a hug for all NotMoms across the big, big pond. When I clicked around the Net to learn more about the British holiday for mothers, I don’t know why I was surprised to trace it back to the 17th Century. The Brits don’t do new as well as they do historic.
The holiday was held on the fourth Sunday of Lent, called Mothering Sunday to honor England’s mums. But for a while, history stepped in:
“As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the “Mother Church”, the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm.”
I’m guessing Downton Abbey fans can easily imagine a time when Mothering Sunday was a rare day off for a daughter to leave her post as a domestic servant and visit with family. Now, it seems that in England, as in the U.S., Mother’s Day generates presents and flowers for mothers while NotMoms experience differing reactions depending on their position on the choice/chance spectrum.
[Photo Credits: FTD.com; PBS]