Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives. Often, this day is extended to generations of mothers—grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as to mother figures. 

A day to honor mothers has existed for as long as, well, there have been mothers! Festivals honoring mothers in ancient times were often tied to gods and goddesses. The Phrygians held a festival for Cybele, the Great Mother of the Gods. The Greeks and Romans also honored the mother figure of their gods. Even today, an important festival in India, Durga-puja, honors the goddess Durga. 

During the Middle Ages, people would return to their home or “mother” church once a year during the middle of Lent. (Back then, children would often leave to work at the tender age of 10!) Historians theorize that it was the return to the “mother” church that led to the tradition of children getting the day off to visit their mother and family. 

Even though we were not able to be together this year in the traditional sense, the wonders of technology make so much possible today! Residents enjoyed receiving home-made videos of family members and photo slideshows their loved ones created. We also perform virtual family visits on video chat. Our elderly population is enjoying these virtual visits and messages from their family members, often exclaiming how neat it is to use this technology. 

At Heritage Woods of Ottawa, we celebrated Mother’s Day by serving mimosas and pastries in the morning and petit fours and flavored teas in the afternoon. Each lady (mother or not!) received a beautiful, personalized rose bouquet. We also decorated apartment doors and shared some of our favorite “Mom” poems as well. 

So although Mother’s Day was slightly untraditional this year, we found special ways to make our ladies feel as special as they are!