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三毛曾写过一篇《守望的天使》文章说,每个人生命中最真最诚的天使是自己的父母,天使终其一生舍尽全力来为自己的孩子挡风遮雨。在犹太人的谚语里,也有一句类似的表述,而且更为精辟:God could not be everywhere and therefore be made mothers。母亲节来临之际,首先让我们了解母亲节来历,并用心写上最为朴实的祝福:母亲节快乐!

Mother's Day History

母亲节由来

The history of Mother's Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother's Day.

母亲节的历史可以追溯到几百年前的古希腊,当时,人们都会举行庆祝活动纪念Rhea(瑞亚),(古希腊的众神之母,她是主神宙斯和天后赫拉的母亲)。早期的基督徒在大斋节的第四个星期日节日庆祝母亲节来纪念荣Mary(基督的母亲)。有趣的是,宗教秩序的改革使得这一节日包括了全体的母亲,并将这一日命名为“母亲节”。后来,在美国定居的英国殖民者由于缺少时间停止了这项传统。1872年朱丽娅伍德霍夫以致力于和平为母亲们设立一个节日。这是母亲节在历史上的里程碑。

In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honoring Anna's mother. Anna handed out her mother's favorite flowers, the white incarnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna's hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

1907年,一位费城教师,安娜米贾维斯(1864-1948),开始了一项在全国范围内纪念母亲的的节日,安娜米贾维斯荣誉日。她征求了数以百计的立法者和商界翘楚一起来创立一个特殊的日子来纪念母亲。第一个母亲节庆祝表彰是在一个教堂为安娜母亲举办的。安娜在仪式上发放了她母亲最喜爱的白色花朵,这是甜蜜,纯洁,耐心的化身。安娜的努力终于在1914年得到了回报,时任总统伍德罗威尔逊宣布将五月的第二个星期天作为母亲。

Slowly and gradually the Mother's day became very popular and gift giving activity increased. All this commercialization of the Mother's day infuriated Anna as she believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.

渐渐地,母亲节变得非常流行,送礼活动日趋增加。所有这一切商业化的活动激怒了安娜,她认为这一天的情绪都因为贪婪和利益所玷污了。

Regardless of Jarvis's worries, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States. Actually, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year. Although Anna may not be with us but the Mother's day lives on and has spread to various countries of the world. Many countries throughout the world celebrate Mother's Day at various times during the year, but some such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

尽管Jarvis对此很担忧,但母亲节已盛行于美国。事实上,这一天已成为一年当中年最受欢迎的日子了。虽然安娜现在已不在我们身边了,但母亲节成立了而且已蔓延到世界各国。世界上的许多国家都在一年的不同时期庆祝着母亲节,但如丹麦,芬兰,意大利,土耳其,澳大利亚和比利时等还是在第五月第二个周日庆祝母亲节。

Mother's Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child.

母亲节是向妈妈们致敬,并表达出我们感激她们生育之恩的一种方式。

Spend time with your mom

跟妈妈共度美好时光

I know, it's a shocker. But the truth is that most moms I know want to hear from their kids more than they do. You can even do this if you live far away from your mom. Give her a call and let her know you want to talk for a while, or set up a phone date ahead of time so you'll both be free to focus on each other. Then ask her about herself, how her days are going and what she's feeling. Focus on hearing her heart. After all, this is the woman who birthed you...maybe knowing her will help you know yourself better, and that's never a bad thing.

我知道你会对此大吃一惊。然而事实是,我认识的大多数妈妈都想得到孩子的消息,孩子跟妈妈的联系太少了。即便你和妈妈住得很远,你仍然可以这样做。给她打个电话,让她知道你想跟她聊一会儿,或者提前定好一个打电话的日子,从而你们两个都有时间集中精力交流。问问妈妈的近况,她每天都是怎么过的,都有什么感受。集中精力倾听她内心的声音。毕竟,这是那个生育了你的女人……或许了解她能够帮你更好地了解你自己,这从来就不是一件坏事儿。

Write down your memories of her

写下你对她的回忆

Many moms love to know what their kids remember from childhood and how they perceived the things that happened then. Make a list of these for your mom, focusing on ones that highlight positive changes in your relationship with her. Make the list pretty, and give it to her. Or, tear each memory off in a strip, fold it up and put it in a jar. Give her the sealed jar for Mother's Day, and she can pull out a memory every day until they're gone. If you run short on memories, do the same with lessons you've learned from her.

许多妈妈想要知道她们的孩子从童年时代起就记住的事情,以及他们是如何感知当时所发生的事情的。为你的妈妈列这样一个清单,主要记录那些能够突出使你们的关系积极发展的事情。把清单做得漂亮一些,送给妈妈。或者,把每条回忆写在一个小纸条上,折起来放到一个广口瓶里。在母亲节那天把密封的瓶子送给她,这样她就能每天拿出一小张来回忆。如果你能回忆起的事情并不多,那么可以以同样的方式总结妈妈教会你的人生经验。

Take photos with her

和她拍照

Was your mom one of those people who has every family event for the last 30 years documented in extensive photographic detail? Then spend some time getting pictures taken with her. Take her to a favorite park or garden, or do it in your own backyard. While you can hire a professional photographer, all you really need is a digital camera and someone who knows how to operate it. Your poses can be silly or serene, but no matter how they turn out, taking them will make your mom's day.

你妈妈是那种把过去30年的每一项家庭活动的细节都记录下来的人吗?那么花些时间跟她一起拍照吧。带她去她最喜欢的公园或者花园,或者去自己家的后院。虽然你可以雇一位专业的摄影师,但其实你真正需要的只是一台数码相机和一个会使用相机的人。你的姿势可以傻傻的,也可以看上去很安静,但无论拍出来效果如何,拍摄这些照片会让你的妈妈很开心。

Clean her house

打扫房间

I know a few people who like to clean, but even they can find it overwhelming when life gets busy. So pick up a bucket and a mop and show mom that you really do remember all her lessons on scrubbing the house. You don't have to clean everything and you don't even have to to the best job ever. As long as you're willing to get your hands dirty, she'll be happy, and relieved that she didn't have to do it herself!

我认识一些喜欢打扫的人,但即便是他们也会在忙碌的时候觉得打扫卫生这件事让人不知所措。因此,拿起水桶和拖把,让妈妈知道你真的记住了她在打扫屋子的问题上教给你的一切。你不需要把所有东西都打扫一遍,甚至不需要做得最好。只要你愿意动手打扫,她就会很开心,她会因为自己不必亲自去打扫而减轻了负担!

Remember her

记住她

Instead of focusing your love on your mom only at Mother's Day, come up with a comprehensive plan to love her year-round. This doesn't have to be hard. Maybe it means you call her every-other Sunday instead of whenever-you-feel-like-it-which-sometimes-means-a-month-goes-by-without-talking. Put her in your calendar, or ask an assistant to put it in theirs and remind you when the time comes. Your mom might not notice the difference on Mother's Day, but she'll appreciate the thought throughout the year.

不要只在母亲节的时候才将你的爱倾注在妈妈身上,想出一个全面的计划可以一年到头地去爱她吧。这不需要多么费劲。或许也就是你每隔一个周日给她打电话,而不是只有在你想打电话的时候才打,因为有时就意味着一个月过去了你都没有跟妈妈说上一句话。将与妈妈有关的事情写在日历上,或者请一个帮手让他记在日历上到时候可以提醒你。你的妈妈或许不会注意到母亲节那天有何不同,但是她喜欢这个一年到头的计划。

Here's hoping that one of these ideas will work for you, or will spark a desire in you to do something that will show your mom how much you value that relationship.

在此,希望这些想法能够对你有帮助,或者能给你一些灵感,来向你的妈妈展示你有多么珍视你们之间的关系。

文章来源:沪江英语

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