‘This book is all about love’

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, daughters, and pet mamas out there in the world. Bless you all.

♥ Back in 1870, social activist and poet Julia Ward Howe (best known as author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”) wrote her stirring Mother’s Day Proclamation, what she called a “Mother’s Day for Peace.”

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them
of charity, mercy and patience.

Sam read this out loud to me this morning, and at the end, then told me it was from 1870. Timeless.

♥ I enjoyed this brief look at vintage sexism and working women in TV and film, from the positive image of Rosie the Riveter from World War II to Liz Lemon in modern day’s 30 Rock.

♥ And finally, an inadvertent early Mother’s Day gift to his own mother, my husband’s analysis of and tribute to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. As you can see above, this post got Freshly Pressed (great taste, WordPress!), bringing a whole new audience to Sam’s blog and his lovely, soul-stirring way with words. I tear up EVERY time I read this post, and I mean that in the best possible way. Yeah, I might be tearing up again right now. (And I bet my husband is, too.) 😉

This book is all about love.


About Jen

Librarian, blogger, movie lover
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