Have you ever thought about the strongest sentiments shared by all people in all countries throughout history? Certainly, it must be the feelings we have for our mothers.
The ancient Egyptians honored Isis. Greeks celebrated Rhea. The Romans dedicated special holidays to Juno and to Cybele.
In our own country, Mother's Day has a shorter, but no less heartfelt history. (Google "Mother's Day" for detailed history.) In 1914 Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as "Mother's Day." Subsequently, every president has issued a similar proclamation. In 2008, the proclamation issued by George Bush read in part: "On Mother's Day, we honor the grace, wisdom, and strength of our mothers, and we celebrate the special bonds shared between mothers and their children."
This year, Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 2009.
Although Mother's Day has been criticized as being too commercial, there is no doubt that most people want to show some expression of love for their mothers on this special day.
The National Retail Association says some $15.8 billion will be spent on Mother's Day this year, an amount falling just behind Valentine's Day and Christmas in the total number of dollars spent for gifts. The same research says that this year, consumers will give their mothers one major gift instead of two or three smaller presents.
There is no doubt that in an economic recession, more planning may be required and perhaps a shift in the types and numbers of gifts.
This year, instead of spending on a meal which is gone in a couple of hours or on flowers which last only a few days, consider giving her something permanent. Something that will last a lifetime.
Handmade gemstone jewelry is such a choice. Handmade jewelry is unique...a true one-of-a-kind. It is permanent. And its value can range from a few dollars to many thousands of dollars. (You can certainly find a beautiful piece of jewelry for the price of a good meal.)
But however expensive or inexpensive the gift, she will receive pleasure from it over the course of many years. It is a lasting expression of your sentiments.