In the 1870s, Julia Ward Howe attempted to start a Mother’s Day for Peace. Anna Jarvis started Mother’s Day as a memorial for her mother, and did not appreciate its commercialization. My grandmother, a “right on woman,” completely agreed, but ate the candy anyway. Here is my grandmother, Anna Zuckerman, accepting an award for her service to the Susan B. Anthony branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
Julia Ward Howe – Mothers’ Day Proclamation, 1870
Grandma Gratitudes: Three things I’m grateful for
1. Always work for peace.
2. A love of ballet and the arts; the lifelong lesson that “high” art does not belong to the elite.
3. A map for how to live fully as a senior citizen and how to approach death with readiness.