This has been a year of firsts for our family, and today was my first mother's day. I wrote a note to my mom about how grateful I am for all she has done for me, which I am only beginning to understand at this point in my life.
We also bought grandma books for each of Ben's grandmothers. The books include places for to complete a family tree and memories of their childhood. On the one hand, I felt like I was giving them homework. On the other, I felt a little selfish - because I can't wait to read them myself. I know it will be a while before Ben will be interested in his grandma's favorite movies growing up or her first family vacation, but I can't think of anything I would love more to know about my own grandmothers and great-grandmothers at this point in my life. I'm sure he will feel the same way someday.
At church this morning, (we've been attending Unitarian Universalist as of recently - I'll write about that later), the reverend spoke of appreciation of all women in our lives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, and all women who care for and about children. She also mentioned the origins of mother's day being far different from the holiday we celebrate today.
Originally activists with the woman's suffrage and peace movements honored a mother's day, but that is far from the more commercialized version celebrated today. Through conversation today I heard those disagreeing with all women be honored today when some are not mothers. Others said the concept of mother's day leaves too many women hurt, particularly those unable to have children or those who have lost a child.
I am almost certain mother's day isn't going to be removed from the calendar any time soon, so I'm not sure why this can't be a holiday to celebrate women. The reverend mentioned that next year she hopes to delve deeper into the origins of the holiday and the call for peace.
We had my parents over last night for dinner and had dinner at my in-laws today to celebrate the holiday. Josh gave me a family membership to the Dickerson Park Zoo - a perfect gift in my opinion. Not another thing to keep in the house, but twelve months of experiences. So much more valuable to me.
Ben enjoyed his mother's day as well. He rolled over again, for maybe the fourth time total. He wasn't expecting to and was so frightened that he began crying. He is holding his head up so well, smiling all of the time, and is such a big "talker."
These pictures of Ben in the huge high-chair at the table. He joined in the conversation and had a wonderful time at dinner.