Despite the occasional grumblings from consumers that Valentines Day was invented by the greeting card industry, Valentine’s Day actually has a long, rich history. Its earliest origins derive from a pagan festival called Lupercalia, in which Romans called upon the god Lupercus to keep the wolves away. As part of the festivities, Roman girls wrote their names on a slip of paper and placed them in a jar for the boys to draw from. The matches were supposed to be sweethearts until the next Lupercalia.
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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to pay visit with Mom, spend time with her, hold her hands, look into her eyes and say – “Thanks, Mom!”. Here are a few inspirational quotes and sayings about mothers and their love by some famous and infamous people throughout history. Choose your favorite saying and add it to the card message you include with your order of FLOWERS for that special Mom. To help you with your flower selection, call us at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336. Be sure to order early for best selection and preferred delivery times.
• “Mother is the name for god on the lips and hearts of all children.” ~ Brandon Lee
• “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~ Washington Irving
• “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” ~ Marion C. Garretty
• “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
• “Richer than Gold You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” ~ Strickland Gillilan
• “There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.” ~ Archibald Thompson
• “The Miracle of Life nurtured by a woman who gave us love and sacrifice…MOTHER” ~ Joel Barquez
• “This heart, my own dear mother, bends, With love’s true instinct, back to thee!” ~ Thomas Moore
• “A man loves his sweetheart the most; his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” ~ Irish Proverb
• “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” ~ Jewish Proverb
• “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to making leaning unnecessary.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
• Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. ~ Lin Yutang
• “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” ~ George Washington (1732-1799)
• “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” ~ Sophia Loren, from Women and Beauty
• “Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
• “A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.” ~ Unknown
• “The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother–which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.” ~ Sidney J. Harris
• “Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.” ~ Maxim Gorky
• “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~ Honore’ de Balzac (1799-1850)
• “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
• The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. ~ W.R. Wallace
• “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
• “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
• A mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joy found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~ Mark Twain
• Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see. ~ Pope Paul VI
• “Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” ~ Sophocles
• A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Jewish proverb
“Flowers are good for the Earth AND for the Soul” Heidi Richards Mooney
Remember when you were a school girl (or boy as the case may be) and your teacher gave you a project of planting a seed in a paper cup? I do, I think the first time we did that was in 1st grade and the nuns (did I mention I’m a recovering Catholic? *SMILE) gave each student a paper cup, and some seeds which I don’t even recall what they were. We marched outside to the school yard, hoes in hand and began digging up the earth so we could put the dirt in our humble paper cups, add seeds, a little water and then wait. We waited for what seemed like eternity (probably only a few days in adult time) as the paper cups sprouted little green leaves. I remember how proud I was of that little plant… that I (and God) could actually create a living thing! In fact, it is probably the only good memory I have of Catholic School. This is, I am sure what started my love, awe and respect for flowers.
According to the National Gardening Association, gardening is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes. One in four Americans says that gardening is a real hobby or interest of theirs. About one in four spends four or more hours per week tending lawns, flowers, and vegetables. It makes me wonder how it is around the world? In some parts the numbers are probably much higher!
It got me thinking about how flowers affect us in such profound ways.
In Honor of Earth Day and Plant a Flower day….. Here’s a story Gloria Mount shared on the WIN network on RYZE Social network shared about how flowers have impacted her life:
THE FAMILY ROSE by Gloria Mount
Elizabeth is standing along side of what we are now calling, “The Family Rose”, at our home in California.
It was just a nice little red rose bush, to begin with and suddenly, it has taken on a life of its own.
It began with Liz’s wedding back in December 2004. The morning of her wedding, for various reasons, I was not able to attend her “original” ceremony. That morning, when I went to get the morning paper, I was heavy hearted.
Then I noticed this red rose, in full bloom….in the dead of winter, the only plant in the garden blooming. I was amazed, but knew the Lord was comforting me.
Come February 2005, the morning of my Mother-In-Law’s funeral….suddenly in our barren rose garden was this Red-Rose in full bloom!!! We cut it and took it with us to the services.
When Baby Luke was born, Oct. 2005 there was this Red-Rose!!
December 2005 when Christina was here for Christmas holidays, the day we took her to her Grandma’s grave site….here was this red-rose in full bloom!! We cut it and Chris put it on Grandma Mount’s lovely grave.
Now, May 2006, the morning of Liz’s Bday. I walked outside and saw 2 brilliant red buds….by the time we came back from her Bday breakfast…there was the Red Rose, in full bloom !!!!
Now, I’m wondering how Christina came to name her website….Cyerra Rose…I’m sure Chris wasn’t thinking of our roses here in Whittier….but “Some One” had guided her heart and mind.
As I’m writing this, the connection, now is amazing.
Cyerra Rose was always a beautiful name, but, now it all makes sense with our “Family Red Rose”.
God loves to delight us!!!!
If you’d like to stop by Gloria’s page and say HI and thank her for her story, it’s here: http://www.ryze.com/go/Italianmamma
In case you’d like to read about the other benefits, check out a post I wrote last month entitled “NATURES BENEFITS” at http://tulipstalk.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/natures-benefits/
And if you like flower humor, here’s one for you:
What did the bee say to the flower?
“Hey bud, when do you open?
Time to get out the shovel … Happy Plant a Flower Day!
Did you “blow it” for Valentine’s Day? Did your sweetie give you the worst Valentine’s present ever? Was it the most unromantic gift you could think of, like a toaster or vacuum cleaner or worse? Did he (or she) forget Valentine’s Day all together? I mean, what’s wrong with a new MOP anyway? After all, it would be a great way to make your getaway from that relationship. February has long been known as the month of romance. From Valentine’s Day (February 14th) to Dream of Your Sweetheart Day (February 13th) to Cuddle Day (February 25th), February brings many opportunities to shower your love with affection. However, up to now, no day has existed for the romantically challenged who want to show their affection without spending a fortune. Romance isn’t about how much money you lavish on another. It’s about attracting the object of your affection. Romance is about making dreams and fantasies come true. It’s a time to ignite the soul and recreate adventures of the heart. Romance does, however, have a price. Romance is about timing, imagination, exploration and creativity. Hence, National Romance on a Budget Day® was created to be celebrated on February 28th. It’s a time to put on your thinking cap, kick in your creativity gauge and UP the romance meter. National Romance on a Budget Day® is a time for true romantics to cultivate loving sensual relationships.
While you’re at it, take the Eden Florist “Romance” Survey and you could win one of many prizes including the book Romance on a Budget – 199 Cheap Thrills, Romantic Antics and Love-Changing Experiences, and 52 Weeks of Romance in a Box! Be sure to order flowers too!