On Mother’s Day, we honor our mothers for all they have done for us. But this is nothing new.

More than 100 years ago, an article in a Cumberland newspaper shared poignant thoughts about mothers, reminding readers to remember their mothers, living or deceased:

“To recall the memories of the mothers that are gone and through loving words and loving care so brighten the lives of the mothers that remain, and to help the children to a greater blessing in honoring their father and mother; to call back mothers’ prayers, mothers’ dying words, and the promises made to mother by the big boys and girls who still mourn her, and to revert the thoughts to what she was in life to her family, are the prime objects of Mothers’ Day.

“Others, who are still blessed by having their good mothers still near them, may show their gratitude and appreciation by some deed of tenderness and love. If away from home, write her a loving letter, send her a telegram, use the phone or in some way communicate your love to her on the day set apart.”

That’s good advice to this very day. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother and mother-in-law who are a vital part of our family. I’m also thankful for my two children, who are still at an age where they don’t mind showing affection to their mother — and I cherish every hug and kiss!

Source: Cumberland Evening Times, May 6, 1909