An Homage to Grandmothers


Mother's Day is for our grandmothers, mothers and Mother Earth

Mother’s Day is for our grandmothers, mothers and Mother Earth

It is not Mother’s Day today, but I will have a nice surprise for you tomorrow.Today, I look to my two grandmothers. Grandma Caroline was my bingo partner and served us high tea every afternoon. I was nine when she passed. I never lost a bingo game with her or her friends. Consequently, my grands have never lost a game either. Her home is no longer standing but it had huge ceilings and the furniture seem so large. At one point, I was able to walk under the dining room table without hitting my head. She had a closet off of the parlor that held the toy box. I have a closet here which holds the toys. I remember her smile. I remember the strong courageous woman who came over to America for a chance at a better world. I am proud to call her my grandmother and I miss her very much.

My maternal grandmother was Marie. Her friends called her Mame. I called her Grammy. I had her until I was sixteen as opposed to being only nine when I lost Grandma Caroline. I spent summers with Grammy and Grandpa Fanta here in Cleveland. They both spoke perfect English and grandma was a good cook. As I went from toddler to teen, it was her love which kept me going in a straight line. I have missed her so for 40 years Neither were able to control the wild child within me, but they helped me to see that I was just regular and being myself was a wonderful accomplishment.

Grandmother Marie Fants

Grandmother Marie Fanta

Grandma Caroline and myself

   Grandmother Caroline Salter and myself

The Sound of my Name

” Over and over
I call her back to me—-
her flowered bathrobe
with pink trim around the collar
glasses a little crooked
hair wispy white.
Scuffling blue terrycloth slippers
she turns toward me,
grasping the counter edge for balance,
and speaks my name
with more love than anyone
ever squeezed into one word.
Over and over
I listen to the sound of my name—
the memory of her, speaking my name.”
—–Dilys Morris

The Peace Dove dwells within everyone you have loved and lost. It is just for a time and then we will join them.

The Peace Dove dwells within everyone you have loved and lost. It is just for a time and then we will join them.

All Mother’s on this Planet Have a Day Even if They Aren’t Aware of it.


One Woman, One World, One Family, unending love.

One Woman, One World, One Family, unending love.

Mother’s Day is huge here in America .This is nice. Flowers, candy, going out to dinner, a new plant for the garden. These make up an American Mother’s Day. I would like to remind you that Mothers are in every country and being  a Mother is quite different than it is here.

Mothers in other countries don’t have a day or even an hour where they feel especially loved and appreciated. Mother’s in other countries face tragedies we never even can imagine. Many mothers continue to die in childbirth, many mothers don’t have milk to feed their babies. Many mothers can’t dress their babies up really cute because there are only rags to dress them in. I guarantee you that some mothers, on the American holiday, will be watching their babies die of starvation and diseases such as Malaria.

Most of the mothers around the world will be required to leave a girl baby by the side of the road because of misogyny and some are trying to heal the faces of daughters whose boyfriend threw acid in their face because they turned down a marriage proposal. The boy throws acid in her face so no one else will want her. This is classic power and control. Some mothers will be assisting a medicine woman to hold down her daughter so genital mutilation can occur just like what was done to her. In some countries, if a girl has not had this done, no one will marry her.

Why is all of this happening?  It is because women and girls are second class citizens and have no rights and no power to protect them legally in the systemThey are owned, used, punished, tormented and often killed.
My request is that from now through Sunday you would all pray for the mothers around the world. Pray for them to be protected, pray for healing and food, pray for an end to human traffakking. Please pray that some day millions of women around the world will understand that mother is a term of  love, support and pride. Pray that a year will come when all women will be able to hold their heads up and walk with pride and dignity.

National Organization of Women

National Organization of Women

Hug someone today and everyday

Hug someone today and everyday

Mothers unite to help each other and the children. Make Mother's Day really mean something to a mother somewhere in the world..

Mothers unite to help each other and the children. Make Mother’s Day really mean something to a mother somewhere in the world..

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