Happy Mother’s Day!
This mother hummingbird, whom I photographed recently, sat on her nest of three eggs for weeks, despite the fact that the branch upon which she built her nest was cut down by the tree trimmers.
We saved her branch and her nest. Although one of her eggs never hatched, the other two produced two little baby hummingbirds, thanks to this little mother bird’s commitment to keep her eggs warm, through cold nights and rainstorms. A true testament to the commitment of mothers… in all species.
On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, a day for honoring all mothers in recognition of their contributions to not only their families, but to society.
President George H. W. Bush, in Proclamation 6133, on May 10, 1990, eloquently noted:
“On this day, we pause to honor all those women who, by virtue of giving birth, or through marriage or adoption, are mothers. ‘The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom,’ Henry Ward Beecher once wrote. Indeed, from his or her mother a child learns important lessons about love and loyalty, patience and generosity, personal responsibility, and respect for others. Because we remember these lessons for a lifetime, and because we carry them with us as members of a larger community, our mothers help to shape the character of our Nation. A mother is not only her little one’s first teacher, but also their first and greatest friend. Her name is often the first word a child utters; her voice is one of the sweetest sounds a child knows.” [http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=1845]
To my mother and all the mothers out there… Thank you for your commitment, dedication, and unconditional love.
Happy Mother’s Day!
And to all the kids out there – young and old – Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th. No excuses! If you need a suggestion for a great movie to see with your mom on mother’s day, go see “Babies,” she’ll love it.
Martie Hevia (c) 2010 – All Rights Reserved