The Anglican and Catholic Churches in Britain insist on calling this Sunday, not Mother's Day, but Mothering Sunday. It harks back to the practice, right up to circa WWII, when daughters of the lower classes commonly went into service in the houses of the better-off. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, they were allowed the day off to visit their mothers with presents and flowers and enjoy a family feast.
Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.
What are Raphael's Madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in permanent outline forever?
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A mother's love liberates.
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing.
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall. A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
This Bartolozzi engraving after a Joshua Reynolds painting is of the Countess of Harrington who bore Mary Cole's eldest son, William Fitzhardinge Berkeley, putative heir to the Earldom, two children.
Causes Rosy Cole Supports
World Vision, International Prison Outreach, Salvation Army, Emmaus Project, Poor Clares, DogsTrust, BUAV (against animal testing) WWT (Wildfowl &...