Mother's Day was based on the British Mothering Day celebrated March 2 this year.

A social activist, Julia W. Howe, started to unite women against war. In 1870, it was a call for disarmament and peace. Howe's work persuaded Ann Jarvis in 1858 to improve sanitation on Mother's Work Days.

The first Mother's Day celebration was in 1908 in West Virginia. A National Historic Landmark still exists in Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church that became an International Mother's Day Shrine.

The custom was declared an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson. Originally it honored mothers if their sons died during war by showing the American flag. Unexpectedly, commercialization of this holiday became rampant and to date it is the most popular day of the year to frequent restaurants.

Sunday, May 11, is Mother's Day once again. It becomes a day to reunite with your children honoring mothers. It is a celebration for family gatherings, "I Love you" greeting cards, gifts and flowers. We celebrate Mother's Day to praise the fabulous state of mind that motherhood stands for our life.

First, a mother gives you life then nurtures and nurtures. "A mother's job is never done." That adage goes with the motherhood territory. There is no better neighborhood, and that includes fatherhood, grandparenthood, religion and politics.

Sure, there are mothers that do not live up to their names or grand station in the scheme of life. However, this column is about the genuine mothers in any life and death situations.

In Hispanic culture, we add the flavor of serenades. The songs that are sometimes used for birthday celebrations are used for Mother's Day Serenades.

Sons, daughters, husbands, boyfriends and other family members usually pay homage to their favorite mother figure or their mom with a serenade of songs by a Mariachi, a trio, a Conjunto, and even a high school musical group or band.

Check your local listings: somebody's got a sign to advertise their "serenades" for a price. The cost may start from $50, to a couple of hundred dollars by a Mariachi for a few Mother's Day songs at your mom's house window or porch.

In Hispanic or Mexican-American culture, the significance of a serenade is fantastic. There are so many songs to pay tribute or homage to our mothers. The toughest ones to hear are the ones where the song tells a story about the son who never cared about mom or what she did when she was alive.

The realization of what mom actually did during her life for her children does not come to light until it is too late. Mother is dead and the son is asking for forgiveness at the cemetery tomb. That is sad.

Don't wait to tell your mother or any of your loved ones that you love them. Waiting until it is too late to speak to the person is not what we are supposed to do in this life.

Do it now, tell your mom you love her and that you regret the wrong decisions or choices that you have made.

Remember, mom will probably forgive you in her grave, but fix the hurt before one of you is in eternal rest.

Joe Santos Medina is a resident of Robstown. Readers may contact him via email at

joesantosm@hotmail.com.