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This will be a mobbed weekend in our general area…

Tomorrow and Sunday is the reenactment of the Battle of Antietam over the river from us in Sharpsburg. It is the 150th anniversary of the battle and this is drawing reenactors from all over the country, judging by the large amount of out-of-state license plates showing up here and over in Washington County.

Elly and I are going over to her friend Joan’s at some point to sit in front of her house on Main St. and watch the downtown activities.

Getting from our place to Hagerstown is going to be a mess tomorrow, since many of the main roads will be closed around the Battlefield National Park. Anyone trying to get from Shepherdstown to Hagerstown is advised to go a little out of your way and take Interstate 81.

Mother’s Day

Some historians will tell you that Mother’s day is traceable back to pre-Judeo/Christian goddess worship. One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs.

The same chroniclers of the past then site the pre-Easter custom of family members taking on Mother’s housework as a Lenten penance.

During the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe called for a peace to honor Mothers who had lost sons on the battle field. This started a brief Mother’s Day movement that had pretty much faded by the 1890s.

The first official Mother’s Day was then held on May 10, 1908 in Grafton West Virginia, after a campaign by Anna M. Jarvis. It would take a few more years of political action and Jarvis working full time to have federal legislation pass, but in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the official National Observance of Mothers Day for the Second Sunday in May.

Today, Mother’s day is one of the major income holidays for restaurants, greeting card manufacturers and florists. But at least we still celebrate our Mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom, Elly, Penny and Cassandra, my family’s mothers. Have a nice one.