Did you know you have a Goddess in your house? She’s the one who wipes noses, kisses bruised knees, writes excuses for missing homework, feeds the troops, walks the dog, puts in the washing, cleans the house, provides a counselling service for angsty teenagers, fights your corner, dries tears and makes tea when you are broken hearted – all this and more before bedtime on any given day in any usual home. Who is this Wonder Woman? She is your Mammy! Taking into account all her wonderful talents, it won’t come as a surprise that she is an earthly recreation of the Greek Goddess Rhea, who gave birth to many of the legends of Greek mythology. Maternal Goddesses were well celebrated by the Greeks. The Romans honoured Cybele, the Great Mother of Gods. Both ancient races knew the benefit of having a supernatural being in charge of proceedings. Your supernatural being is an everyday woman, with everyday problems of her own! Though you’d never think so because she’s always too busy taking care of others. This Sunday 10th of March is the day to celebrate Mothers everywhere. An attempt to establish an official day to mark the importance of a mother’s role was first recorded in the USA before the American Civil War. Anna Jarvis, an Apalachian mother from the last great wilderness of the Eastern United States, organised a day to raise awareness of the difficulties of her community in this mountainous territory. Her aim was to highlight the importance of the Mother’s role and she called it ‘Mother’s Work Day’. Fifteen years later, poet and suffragette Juliet Ward Howe also campaigned after the American Civil War for all mother’s to rally for a day of peace, believing these women suffered loss of life more acutely. Her endeavours were unsuccessful. Anna Jarvis’s death in 1905 left the legacy of founding an official Mother’s Day to her daughter. Anna Junior campaigned avidly for her own Mum’s wish to be realised. It worked. US President Woodrow Wilson lobbied Congress to establish an official Mother’s Day in 1914. The original date was May, but Mother’s Day as we now know it always takes place during Lent. These woman mentioned here worked tirelessly to bring about the recognition of mothers within society. Despite the fact this annual day has become what’s known as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ – where the card manufacturers are the first to profit – it is still a valuable day of honouring the most important and pivotal lady in a your life. How will you look after your Mammy this Mother’s Day?