Thursday, May 10, 2007

Life's a mother

Dear Mom,

I want to take you somewhere special on Sunday. This isn't to apologize for sounding exasperated the other day when you prattled on about the two burly dudes refinishing great-grandma's buffet or why mushroom and olive is your favorite Amy's frozen pizza. I love hearing your stories. I do.

This is something I want to give to you because I know how much you love poetry and art and music. How much you love to celebrate motherhood and womanhood, and how you wear them so proudly and perfectly.

This is an invitation to you, sweet Mom, to come along with me to the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., where MOMbo's Nanci Oleson will host the non-profit organization's second annual mother's day celebration.

The group, which produces podcasts and shows for public radio about motherhood, will put on an hour-long show featuring performances from the Brass Messengers, the Twin Cities Women's Choir, and the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater. And Twin Cities actors will read Julia Ward Howe's 1870 "Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace," an anti-war/pro-peace poem, which I've excerpted here, that's as relevant today as the sun and the stars and the moon and everything in between:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
whether your baptism be that of water or tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come home to us reeking with carnage,
for caresses and applause...