6 May 2022

Published May 4, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

“Who was the greatest mother in the Bible?” Mama asked twelve-year-old Anna.

            “Mrs. Noah.”

            “Why not Jesus’ mother Mary?”

            “Because Mrs. Noah looked after children and all those stinky animals for forty days and forty nights.”

            Mama smiled. “I hope someone, sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

May 10, 1908, due to Anna Jarvis’ diligent campaigning, the first Mother’s Day ceremonies were held in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 1914 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. 

Mama’s quote isn’t fiction 😉 CLICK HERE for a brief history of Mother’s Day in the United States.

61 comments on “6 May 2022

  • I didn’t know, until I looked it up in response to your story, that Mothering Sunday and Mothers’ Day were not originally the same thing. The Mother in Mothering Sunday was metaphorical, the mother church. But after the invention of Mothers’ Day in the US, the holidays converged

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  • Here’s to Mrs Noah. Children are difficult enough, but stinky animals? No thanks. A lovely story, and a fascinating overview of the history of Mother’s Day. I’ll be very careful now to place my apostrophe correctly. I’ve been doing it wrongly up to now. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Margaret,

      I confess…I wasn’t sure about the apostrophe placement so I googled it. 😉 Mrs. Noah is definitely an unsung hero, isn’t she? I believe her sons were grown men by the time the ark set sail, however they did have wives. So there might’ve been a few grandbabies to contend with. We can only imagine. Thank you, Margaret and a Happy Mother’s Day to you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Trent,

      It is rather amusing that Anna pushed so hard for Mother’s Day and later railed against the commercialism. Guess she just couldn’t have it both ways. Thank you for coming by for a read and comment. 😀

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    what a delightful story and kudos to Mama and Anna for making Mother’s Day possible. And here’s to Mrs. Noah for being the inspiration behind this historical movement to honor all mothers.

    Shalom,
    Adele

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    • Dear Adele,

      Mrs. Noah certainly isn’t given much air time, is she? But Shem, Ham and Japeth had to have come from somewhere. 😉 Thank you and a good Mother’s Day to you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • A good story of the origin of Mother’s Day as we currently celebrate it. As you said celebrating Mothers goes back to….well, probably forever. Thanks for the education. Happy Mother’s Day to you & all you Mothers out there.

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    • Dear Frank,

      According to Genesis the flood lasted 150 days. In the tenth month the tips of the mountains were visible. It looks like the better part of a year to me. Hm. I might have been able to use fewer words. 😉 All those pesky details. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Lovely bit of history, and indeed hats off to Mrs. Noah, who we KNOW was the one who did most of the work, all the soothing, and much of the running around AND the laundry AND the cooking AND … in the end of the day Noah probably stretched his legs and said something along the lines of “I’ve had such a long day. Must be nice to just cook a little dinner and play with the kids all day.” 😉
    Thanks for using my photo, by the way. Isn’t spring grand? In fact, the grandness of spring kind of led me to what I wrote in response to the prompt. Colored as it would be by today’s memoriam and by these times reality check of terrible losses, and the potential for continued loss of what one thinks was already gained.
    שנדע רק טוב
    Na’ama

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  • Hi came across you by chance, really enjoyed the challenge thank you 🙂
    On Mothers day- here in the it’s is linked to Easter and is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Sometimes its referred to as Mothering Sunday this originated back in 16th century – a religious event, on the fourth Sunday of Lent Christians would return to their mother church for a special mass. Mothering Sunday was a day of celebration, servants were given a day off, and food like Simnel cake eaten – out of fashion these days!

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  • What a legacy. So often people lose control of their creations; it must be so frustrating to see something you started for good go sour this way. I’ve been reading about Mothers for Peace rallies springing up this weekend; perhaps the original purpose will come to fruitition in the end.
    Thanks for enlightening us, as ever.

    Jen

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  • Somehow, I forgot to comment on Wednesday. I always read/listen and comment before writing mine. I got caught up in mine and forgot everything else.

    Mrs. Noah? Yep. You gotta love a book that gives so much respect to women that they are only identified as an extension of their husbands. Maybe Mrs. Noah and Lot’s Wife should write their own book, “Sweet & Salty.” Of course, this is the same book that says, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” If that book were a movie star, it would be cancelled.

    This is another interesting history and much sadder than usual. Remind me never to start a holiday.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      “Sweet and Salty” I like it. The same book tells us that Deborah was a prophet. But here is no place for a debate. BTW…pssst. Don’t start a holiday.

      Thank you for your thought provoking comments. See ya tomorrow. 😉

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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