Today is Mother’s Day in Georgia — the country, not the state.
Perhaps the most famous of all Georgian mothers was Katerina Geladze Djugashvili.
The daughter of serfs, Katerina married at age 17. She had two children—Mikhail and Georgi—who died as babies, before her third, Josef (nickname Soso), was born. A devout Christian, Katerina made a vow to God. If this boy would survive, he would become a servant of the Lord.
Soso …Read more
Second Sunday in May
Mother of Hermes! and still youthful Maia! May I sing to thee As thou wast hymned on the shore of Baiae?
When the 22 year-old Keats wrote the beginning of his “Ode to Maia,” he had been an orphan for eight years. He was traveling to the seaside town of Teignmouth for the spring, to take care of his brother Tom, who was dying of tuberculosis—the same illness that took …Read more
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Ann Jarvis (left) and daughter Anna
Before Julia Ward Howe began her Mothers’ Day for Peace campaign, another mother, Mrs. Ann Jarvis, had established a network of “Mothers’ Day Friendship Clubs” to improve sanitation conditions throughout West Virginia. She taught other mothers how to disinfect wounds, sterilize bottles, and prevent food from spoiling.
When the Civil War broke out, Jarvis and her clubs refused to take sides. Instead they tended to the wounded of both sides. …Read more