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Mother's Day 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014   by: Mac Headrick

Mother's Day 2014

The first week of the Ontario 2014 election campaign has ended. My reflections about this event will have to wait for next week. There will be no talk of politics, sports, and perspectives on life etc. today. It is Mother’s Day 2014. According to my wife Linda this is the most important day of celebration in the year. In recognition of Mother’s Day l will use this column to reflect upon the special position mothers hold in our lives. Hopefully readers of this column will take a moment to share their thoughts.

I didn’t realize that in North America, a social activist Julia Ward Howe, conceived of Mother’s Day during the American Civil War. Her motivation was that women should unite together and bring an end to war. It wasn’t until the year 1914 that Mother’s Day was officially recognized as a national day of celebration. Of course since then this celebration has moved away from its’ original inspiration to more commercially inspired shows of appreciation.

The Headrick household celebrates this day on several different levels. Of course, our children show their appreciation in the traditional ways. I actually do not have to remind them. Linda’s mother lives in Sudbury, which fortunately means they get to see each other often. This year Linda and I will celebrate Mother’s Day with two of our children Mac Jr. and Katie. Our son Sean is working today in Toronto but will be in contact through social media. I will make a significant contribution by insuring the pets are cared for; the house is clean and also the preparation of supper. Well, ordering Chinese food is the same as making supper, right? I also intend to do some yard work.

I lost my mother several years back (1999) due to cancer. I will take a few moments today to reflect on my relationship with the woman known as Muriel Headrick. Besides being my mother, she was also responsible for bringing my younger siblings Raymond, Albert and Robert into this world. Now, in looking back l realize my mother was a genius. I base this observation on the fact that throughout her life she lived by the following code. Her sons were the stars in her life and could do no wrong. This steadfast belief of course insured my brothers and l always had a sympathetic ear in the case of, for example, marital discord. I am not quite sure if the above observation of “supreme intelligence” was shared with present or former daughters-in law.

Every Christmas mom bought me the same things; socks and hand knitted mittens. Actually these were the perfect gifts. The socks extra large and thick cushioned lasted me until the next Christmas. The mittens were always worn. In my lifetime l purchased numerous pair of gloves for driving, snow blowing etc. For some reason l always went back to mom’s hand-knitted mittens. It’s been a couple of years since I wore out the last pair of socks and mitts.

Every-time l was left by the family to fend for myself l always knew where to find a home cooked meal. Mom would automatically set an extra place at the table. Fortunately she lived less than a mile away. Now because my father had passed away in 1977 this meant mother was on her own for approximately 23 years. She was very independent but would on occasion get help from the sons. I learned through trial and error that mom had particular ways of doing things. For example when l took her to the grocery store l had to allow sufficient time for her to walk up and down every aisle examining every conceivable product available.

My mother loved her grandchildren one hour at a time. When baby sitting she would not allow or accept disposable diapers or formula bottles. Cloth diapers and glass bottles where good enough for her children. Mom had her own stash of these original items she kept on hand. Apparently she relented on the diaper situation later on. Her grand children always like to visit, as there was always a supply of cookies or candy on hand.

Mother’s Day was never a problem to plan for. Absolutely no flowers but a hanging basket or plant was much appreciated along with chocolates. More than any gifts mom appreciated her sons taking the time to phone or drop in for a visit. A significant period of time in the raising of her family was spent down the line on Calabogee Road. Mom requested that upon her death that she be cremated and her ashes spread upon the Lake George shore at the end of Calabogee Road. These wishes were carried out. This week l intend to drive down the line and pay my respects.

Julia Ward Howe originally wanted a Mother’s Day because she felt mothers were more capable than men in achieving peace in the world. In reflection, considering the skills they display in the raising of children and families, she was probably correct.

As l see it mothers are special and certainly worthy of their own day. Hopefully you have the opportunity to share some time tomorrow with your mother. Take care and have a great weekend.

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MYPOINT 5/11/2014 8:54:58 AM Report

Very well written Mac :)

All I would like to say is this ...

If any of your readers are among the lucky ones who still have their Mom on this earth, they should take the time to give her a humungous hug just for being their Mom! Believe me when I tell you that the day will come when they will wish that they had taken a few moments out of their very busy lives to do just that for their Moms.

I would give anything to be able to give my Mom another hug, but she now lives in Heaven so I must wait my turn to do so. Mother's day for me is both a happy one and a sad one. I am just grateful that I try my very best to treat my wife in the way that the mother of my children deserves be treated every single day of the year.

soowat 5/12/2014 12:25:50 PM Report

Mac and My point

What you wrote is so true.

My mother always said was that she would live to see the 21st century. She died January 2,2000 at age 94
right wing 5/14/2014 5:23:28 PM Report

Hey Mac,

Not Mothers Day what say you about the informal poll by SooToday on the elections.
Fremlin showing a strong lead.
mac headrick 5/15/2014 10:20:09 AM Report

Rod has always been a true blue Conservative. Good choice local well established family.

right wing not to insult Soo Today readers but how do I say this - not really know for relaible polling data.

David will be re-elected with a reduced but comfortable margin of victory.
right wing 5/15/2014 8:53:17 PM Report


Thanks for responding....and stating your opinion on Rod as you are a "down the line fella".
As for the SooToday polls I hear you...but...there are over 1,200+ votes on Rod's side and you are basing your opinion on the posters that voice opinions on this site on a daily basis, so on that basis I completely agree with you and the sensitivity that you had to approach it with...but that is nothing near 1,200+ votes.
I predict that anything can and will happen in the Sault but I stand firm on my Conservative win in Ontario with a possible majority.
MYPOINT 5/16/2014 7:35:12 AM Report

is as follows ...

I am relatively new to posting on SooToday so please, if you can, would you or one of your readers, advise me as to how I can view these ' polls' I keep hearing about?

I thank you, or anyone, who can help me in this regard.

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