Mothers Day Corsage


To all past, present and future Mothers! I hope you have a happy Mothers Day. May your day be filled with love, happy thoughts and memories.


(Your not having deja vu, some of this is a repost but I wanted to share it again)


I remember when I was little, Mom would carefully lay out corsages for me and my sister and boutonniere's for my brothers that My Grandmother made. One by one, mom would pin our corsage to our Sunday outfit and to church we went. I hated it. I despised having to wear that big scratchy corsage that smelled like grandmaws basement! I was too young at the time to realize the reason of her making sure we all had a corsage to wear on Mother’s Day. 

The Mother’s Day corsage started in the 1800’s. Everyone wore one on Mother’s day. The corsage did not indicate that your were a mother, but rather that you are wearing something to honor your own mother. The flowers were usually made with an orchid, carnation or rose. The type of flower was not as important as the color. If your mom is living, you wore a red or pink flower. If your mom is deceased, you wore a white one. 

Sadly the tradition of the Mothers Day corsage has stopped. You will rarely see anyone wearing them anymore. I admit, I have not worn one in years. 



So, this Mothers Day, I have decided to make my own corsage to proudly wear over my heart in honor of my Mother.

I am who I am today because of her. She worked hard making sure all four of her children had everything we need. She showed us unconditional love but would also show us what a hickory stick was when we did wrong. She made sure we were in church every Sunday and raised us with Christian values that we still hold on too today. My mom is very pretty, smart, strong and always smells good. 
I made my mom laugh and cry. I have rebelled and hurt her feelings many times. I will always hold that guilt but I know she prayed and loved me through it all. That's what moms do. 

As a mom myself, I find and l learn new obstacles with my own daughter that make me think about the challenges and sacrifices my mom went through. Everyday, I am more thankful for the lessons she taught me and how much she has inspired me. Next to God, she is my foundation. 


My daughter is home this weekend to spend Mothers Day with me. Nick has to work so we plan to spend some Mother Daughter time together. We may do lunch somewhere and maybe try the new Açaí Bowl place uptown.
In the afternoon, the whole family will meet for dinner with our mom. It's going to be a mommy kind of day!!!!

3 comments

  1. Absolutely GREAT, this entry. YES there is no other position or job in the whole world that holds a candle to being a mother.
    I remember what I always considered just a rose. There were bigger and smaller ones, but we always wore a red rose if mama was a live and white if she had passed on. Yes, I miss seeing them also.
    The entry is touching, bringing many memories....
    Sherry & jack, we both had wonderful mothers.

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  2. For years, I've been the only woman in church wearing a corsage on Mother's Day. Other ladies comment on it and say they 'used to get one from my husband'. My husband thought it important, and I loved wearing it to honor Mother. Such a sweet, unassuming woman who died young as a result of a tragic accident. Carnations, white ones, used to have a red spot deep in the heart of it--I think it's been bred out of them now. That spot symbolized to me that my mother was still concerned about me and my family.

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  3. What a lovely corsage, Lisa. And something very special to honor your Mother. I was also close to my dear Mom. She passed away, but she is always in my heart. I guess I'd have to wear the white corsage. It sounds like you have a wonderful Mom, and she taught you the most important thing.....Christian values. : )

    ~Sheri

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