This was going to be a brief greeting to
wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day and maybe a brief introduction
goddess Nut (Mother of All Gods), or perhaps
Artemis (the Greek goddess who is protector of those in
labor and their children),
But then Fate intervened.
Usually I allow the Universe to send me
messages, draw my attention to what I need to say in this issue.
And sure enough, all week the Universe has been bombarding me
with messages. But they were far from consistent, pointing in
all different directions, leaving me confused about which to
include. So you get them all.
I'll leave it to you to choose the ones that speak to you.
White Buffalo Calf Woman
First it was reading about the butchery of
the mother and her white buffalo calf, a sacred animal to many
of the Lakota tribe. All for the rare white skin of the calf.
The story saddened me and made me angry. I
have a strong love for the beautiful legend of White Buffalo
Calf Woman and her message of peace that urges use to shoulder
our responsibility for the animals of this world. If only we
If you don’t know about White Buffalo Calf Woman, I invite you
to learn about her at:
My grandson, who’s visiting on
his summer break from college, was discussing the
women’s suffrage movement in England and the States
with me and I was filling him in on the details of how
Mother’s Day was actually related and was originally a
social welfare/reform movement to promote awareness
of the difficult lives of the working mother and her
How far we have strayed from that
intention! I told him about how Alice Jarvis, the
woman who’d created the first Mother’s Day movement in
the States, became disgusted with how the holiday had
become so commercialized that she wished she had never
thought of the idea.
Then, just yesterday, I received
a call from a co-worker who is early in her pregnancy.
She’d had a miscarriage at home a couple of years
ago. She was beginning to bleed and called me for
Of course part of my advice was
that, even though it was a weekend, she should phone
her physician or go to the ER. Her response was
She didn’t want to. After her
earlier miscarriage she’d gone to the ER where she
suffered 17 hours on a gurney in back pain, only to be
told that no further care was needed and that she
“should be grateful that she’d miscarried because ‘it’
was probably a bad apple” that she’d been carrying.”
How sensitive is that???
Then I heard about The 2012
No Mother’s Day Event. An organization called
Every Mother Counts invites mothers to disappear on
Mother's Day to help raise awareness about the
hundreds of thousands of women who die each year from
complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
I have to admit that the call to
disappear didn’t seem totally rational to me (nor
mother-friendly), but I have to admit it was important
and it was effective in raising awareness.
Prepare to be
moved this No Mother's Day
a reminder that...
whether or not we’re fortunate
to have been bound to our Mothers by blood ties,
we should give thanks for all those women
who have been the spiritual mothers in our