Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival we know as Mothering Sunday. The celebration falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church” – the main church in the vicinity of their home – for a special service.
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 31st March this year so that’s when children (young and old) across the UK will be giving their mother a gift and a card in recognition of their role.
It’s easy to understand why we would want to honour motherhood as more than 30% of us say that our Mum is the most inspirational person in our life.
Here at Blossom we look after a lot of elderly Mums (and Dads) who are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. So we’d like to ask you to not only deliver a gift or a card on Mother’s Day, but also take some time to chat or take Mum and/or Dad out. After all, a day like Mother’s Day is really a celebration of family and the social interaction that happens when family come together. It’s not a day for feeling lonely or forgotten by someone you would never forget and we don’t want any elderly Mums or Dads (or anyone) to feel that way. None of us know which Mother’s Day will be our last so we implore you to look after your Mum (as you only get one!) and return to your “mother church” (home) as often as possible.