Sunday 14 March 2010

Flowers for Mothering Sunday

You have to look carefully to see where the flowers come in.  After some thought, I wondered if the cut-out shapes showing views were supposed to make up a four-leaved clover at first but then I saw the words "Une pensée de la Creuse".  That can mean either "A thought from the Creuse" or "A pansy from la Creuse", the Creuse being one of the administrative areas in central France rather like a county or a state. So, a flower it is.

And the Mothering Sunday reference is to the day it is today.  The fourth Sunday in Lent is Mothering Sunday in the UK, now commonly called Mothers' Day.  The day originated as the Sunday when people were required to worship in their mother church, which was almost always where the family lived.  By extension, this meant going home to visit your mother and along the way gathering a posy of flowers.

This year they are saying there is a shortage of flowers, especially daffodils, the result of the harsh winter and late spring.  Rather than pay inflated prices, I hope people would think of alternative ways, something like this card, of offering flowers to mothers.

The card is an unused one dating from whatever period would consider a mock wood background to be attractive.  1960s?
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  1. Oh I didn't know it's Mother's Day, and your information is wonderful!

  2. I never new where mothers day came from - very cool story.

  3. I never knew that about the origin of Mothering Sunday! That is so interesting!! We celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May.

  4. I thought I forgot Mothers day, and like Emm, ours is in May as well. I was nervous for a bit, but I love the card and story behind it.

  5. It's incredibly confusing. My son lives in France where it is yet another day, last Sunday in May except when that happens to be Pentecost.


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