Mother’s Day is only days away

May 11, 2018

Over 300 mums attended St Maryís Collegeís Motherís Day afternoon tea last year.

There might be a lot of last-minute rushing around for Mother’s Day cards and presents — you have until close of business Saturday.

Here in Seymour you could make that a trip to Friday’s Mother’s Day twilight market — from 4pm to 7pm at Wine by Sam.

There you will be able to choose from a delightful spread of the best of the region’s fresh produce, craft beers and wines to put together a pretty special Seymour package.

It’s all happening at 69 Anzac Ave.

Filling late shopping plans might be a contemporary (or annual) conundrum, wondering where all that spare time went.

This Sunday people will be spending the day celebrating with their mothers and grandmothers, possibly right out to great, great grandmothers in a few very privileged families.

But how many understand the origins of the day, or when it ‘officially’ arrived in Australia?

It’s something of a post-war event.

Just not a war in which we were involved.

Instead it was borne out of the US Civil War — a national bloodbath that saw some of America’s leading female activists campaigning during the fighting and after for a global movement for peace.

That led to a Mother’s Day Proclamation before Julia Ward Howe, the celebrated writer and activist, proposed that day become an annual fixture on calendars as a perpetual reminder.

It would not be enshrined until 1914 when President Wilson ratified the second Sunday in May.

And it would take another decade for that decision to arrive Down Under — in a society still racked by the losses of World War I.

But it is now a major occasion in much of the western world — and Seymour and district is no different.

So don’t miss the opportunity to get that special person a special thank you — and support the local economy at the same time.

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