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Honoring Mothers by Birth or Adoption
No one can argue that a mother plays a vital role in every childís life. Some do so by creating life and bringing a child into the world. Others raise and nurture a child and teach them to lead happy, productive lives. It makes sense that we do something to acknowledge these women Ė their strength, their sacrifices and their love.
Weíre all familiar with Motherís Day. The holiday was first officially celebrated in the United States in 1908. A West Virginia woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mom on the second anniversary of her death in 1907 and then began a campaign to make Motherís Day a recognized holiday. Other countries around the world also honor their mothers on various days, typically in the Spring. Recognizing mothers is a universal love. So many people seek to show their gratitude and affection. They want their moms to know how important and special they are.
But what about those who are sometimes forgotten, their roles as mothers diminished? What about those who gave birth but never had the opportunity to raise their child? A group of birthmoms in Seattle had a solution for this. In 1990, they created a special occasion, Birthmotherís Day, to recognize those who women who have placed a child for adoption. Birthmotherís Day is celebrated on the Saturday before Motherís Day, and many adoption agencies and adoption-related organizations host events to bring birthparents together.
However, there is some controversy regarding this ďholiday.Ē For one, many birthmoms have feelings of remorse and donít want a special day. Others believe they should be remembered and honored on Motherís Day, instead of having a separate holiday. Every person will have a preference about how they want to be acknowledged. But no matter how they feel, every mother wants to be remembered.
The important part is not how or when you honor the mothers in your life, but simply that you do. No matter how a mother came into a childís life, she is a special person and should always be remembered with love and respect. This Motherís Day, take time out to acknowledge the special women in your life Ė whether by birth or adoption. After all, where would we be without them?
Happy Motherís Day to all!
If youíre interested in learning more about the history of Motherís Day, check out Mother's Day Celebration. For more information about birthmom-related topics and events, please visit BirthMom Buds.
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