“Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.”—humorist Erma Bombeck

“Ma” is the first sound a baby can vocalize, which is why it is thought that in many languages the word for mother begins with the letter ‘M’ or the ‘ma’ sound, for example Latin, Mader; English, mama; Polish, madr; Italian, Mamman; Welsh, Mam.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis honored mothers in 1908 by organizing the first Mother’s Day service at Andrews Methodist Sunday School in Grafton, W.Va. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. However in 1870, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe first proclaimed an annual day of recognition for mothers, who rallied for pacifism and disarmament during the Civil War.

 As the mother of six children, I expect Howe had many at-home opportunities to call for disarmament. The Rooney Bin only has two children, but can sympathize with Howe’s need for peace. I still remember annual 15-hour car trips to visit grandparents when war frequently broke out between the young Binsters, ages 2 and 6 at the time.

 “I don’t care if your sister did kick you in the knee,” I said. “You shouldn’t hit someone smaller than you. Now cut it out before I knock your heads together!”

The Final Word…Celebrating mom goes back to pagan times. Early Greeks honored Rhea mother of the Gods, by taking honey cakes, sweet beverages and flowers to their mothers at dawn; call it the origin of breakfast in bed. (Hint, hint.) However in Yugoslavia children tie up their mother on Materitse (Mother’s Day), only releasing her after she pays them with sweets. (Don’t even think of it.)

The Bible says Eve is the mother of all living things. But did Adam serve her breakfast in bed? An early morning feast may not be what your mom truly desires. Something as simple as a card, handmade or purchased could do the trick. Mother’s Day is the third largest card sending day. /But all mom really desires is undying gratitude as she who brought you into this world and can take you back out if you don’t shape up. Keep in mind the words of comedic mom Phyllis Diller: “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.”