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Reader submitted photosHappy Mother's Day! The second Sunday in May has been observed as a national holiday for 100 years. Take some time to celebrate mom today - you wouldn't be here without her.
Reader submitted photosHappy Mother's Day! The second Sunday in May has been observed as a national holiday for 100 years. Take some time to celebrate mom today - you wouldn't be here without her.
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DARKE COUNTY - Mothers have been celebrated since the ancient Greeks and Romans, and probably long before; they play a vital role in the world, and 100 years ago, the U.S. government decided to officially recognize the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day.


Different countries have different practices, but nearly every culture celebrates mothers. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August, on the birthday of the queen Sirikit; Ethiopian families gather to sing songs and eat large feasts as part of Antrosht, which celebrates mothers over several days; in Mexico, they celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday. (history.com)


Wherever, and whenever celebrating mother, it’s important to remember why moms are celebrated.


“Mother is a word that means more and more to me every single day,” said Heather (Beighle) James. “Now that I am a mother myself, I am realizing everyday how much my mom has done for me over the years. My mom’s unconditional love and support has shaped me into the person that I am and has given me an unbelievably amazing role model to look up to as I parent my little girl. My mom, as well as every great mom out there, deserves to hear how amazing they are as often as we can tell them!”


Mothers provide their children with valuable life lessons, even into adulthood.


“Hindsight is a double edged sword. Regret and growth,” said Daniel Raby. “My mother is the most influential, powerful and needed woman in my life. She isn’t someone who is something to me, she is part of me. Part of me I cherish and protect more than any other part. Thank you is far from comparable to the gratitude needed to measure up to everything she has done and will do. My mother is awesome. That is all.”


Mothers work hard to provide for their children.


“My mom was an amazing woman. She made sure that I never was without anything even when that meant working two jobs to raise me on her own,” said Amy Cook, who lost her mother in a motorcycle accident last year. “She was a wonderful mom and a super mamaw to my daughter Hannah. You really don’t know how much your mom does for you until she isn’t here anymore. Appreciate your mom while you have an opportunity to do so. People die in a flash. We never know when it’s our time to go. This is my first Mother’s Day as a mom and the first Mother’s Day without my mom.”


Even mothers who aren’t going it alone work hard, said David Fletcher.


“My wife is a really great wife and mother - she does everything she can for us, and she doesn’t stop until her goals are met. She’s always made sure we’ve had a roof over our heads, and food in our bellies. I couldn’t ask for a better wife, or a better mother for our children,” Fletcher stated.


Mothers are accepting, kind, loving, amazing people, Facebook fans shared. They pick their children up when they’re down, smile through the hard times because they know it will get better, and they work harder than they ever imagined they could to give their children the life they may never have had.


Today, The Daily Advocate would like to thank moms for all that they do. Happy Mother’s Day!

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