Legally speaking, if we are to base our count of our Mother’s Day celebration when President Woodrow Wilson of the United States proclaimed Mother’s Day a holiday in his motherland, together with them, the world is already celebrating its ninety five years of commemorating all mothers around the world.
Nominally speaking, we are actually now on the ninety-ninth year of celebrating the said affair. It was in the person of Ana Jarvis, a Philadelphian who appealed for this celebration in time with her mother’s death anniversary. Her mother, Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis, had an inspiring life. The elder Mrs. Jarvis organized a series of “Mother’s Work Camps” in West Virginia to improve health and sanitary conditions before the civil war. During the war “she declared neutrality for her organizations and regularly aided soldiers in need on both sides of the struggle.”
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a mother /n/ is a female parent who brings up and cares for another. But a parent may be a mother or a father. Therefore, by syllogism, if we are to be more philosophical, a father may perform duties similar to a mother. As in the Lexicon, to mother is to care for or protect like a mother. Therefore, a father could be a mother as well. And at the same time, a mother could be a father too. What I am pointing out is that why do we have to celebrate two different occasions for both our parents. Why do we have to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately? Why not have one day instead? Parents’ Day.
I am not negating my former statements on presenting the facts about Mother’s Day (of course I value the heroism of Mrs. Jarvis) rather I am only claiming for gender sensitivity. Bringing to the scene the concept of masculinity and femininity makes me feel a bit ill. Are there really differences between and among males and females? Between parents? A mother can be as bold as a father I bet; and a father can be as gentle like mothers. I affirm that both parents can be as flexible with each other, can be as keen as they can be to do anything even when they least expect it especially when it already concerns to whom they considered the extension of their lives, their children.
I acknowledge the celebration of Mother’s Day and of Father’s Day as well. But can’t we not just have one time to celebrate it both? Parents’ Day.