I thought it would be fun on Mother’s Day to make a list of a few moms that had a profound influence on our country. Women, whose very being shaped the way we live, or who left a legacy through their example that set a high standard for mothers today. I came up with four moms who I think made a difference. Who would you add to this list?
Mary, Mother of Jesus. I don’t think I need to explain why she is tops on my list. And really they are in no special order. I do particularly love this portrait by Fillipo Lippi (1440-45) though. There are hundreds and hundreds of depictions of the Virgin Mary and this one just speaks to me.
Abigail Adams, early American renaissance woman and one of our nation’s Founding Mothers. I even wrote about her in a speech once. http://www.americanmothers.org/?q=node/61
She was an amazing wife and mother who picked her battles wisely and had a profound influence on many of our country’s Founding Fathers.
Anna Reeves Jarvis was a mother from West Virginia who lived during the Civil War. She thought that it would promote peace and harmony among families if we were to recognize and honor all mothers on the second Sunday in May. Anna and her family pursued this idea for nearly sixty years until President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May as a National Holiday honoring mothers.
Mother Teresa, the world’s mother really, and without ever having borne a child. Mother Teresa embodied the compassion, unconditional love and selflessness of motherhood and set an example for us all.
O.K., so those are four mothers who I think influenced our nation with their legacy. Who would you add to this list?
Oh and Happy Mother’s Day!
Love, the Senator’s Wife