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Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Dim 12 Mai - 15:53

Hi everyone,

According to the proclamation of President Obama, today May 12, 2013, is Mother's Day
Mother's Day = the day of your mother
Spelling also permitted - Mothers' Day = the day of all of the mothers in the world
Spelling also permitted - Mothers Day
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 10, 2013
Presidential Proclamation -- Mother's Day, 2013
MOTHER'S DAY, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION


Today, sons and daughters all across America come together to honor the women who raised them. Whether single or in partnership, foster or adoptive, mothers hold a special place in our hearts. For many of us, they are our first caretakers and our first teachers, imparting the early lessons that guide us growing up. And no matter the challenges we face or the paths we choose, moms are there for their children with hope and love -- scraping and sacrificing and doing whatever it takes to give them a bright future.

That work has often stretched outside the home. In the century since Americans first came together to mark Mother's Day, generations of women have empowered their children with the courage and grit to fight for change. But they have also fought to secure it themselves. Mothers pioneered a path to the vote, from Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment. They helped write foundational protections into our laws, like freedom from workplace discrimination and access to affordable health care. They shattered ceilings in business and government, on the battlefield and on the court. With every step, they led the way to a more perfect Union, widening the circle of opportunity for our daughters and sons alike.

That history of striving and success affirms America's promise as a place where all things can be possible for all people. But even now, we have more work to do before that promise is made real for each of us. Workplace inflexibility puts a strain on too many mothers juggling their jobs' needs with those of their kids. Wage inequality still leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet. These problems affect all of us -- and just as mothers pour themselves into giving their children the best chance in life, we need to make sure they get the fairness and opportunities they deserve.

On Mother's Day, we give thanks to proud, caring women from every walk of life. Whether balancing the responsibilities of career and family or taking up the work of sustaining a home, a mother's bond with her child is unwavering; her love, unconditional. Today, we celebrate those blessings, and we renew them for the year to come.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day" and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2013, as Mother's Day. I urge all Americans to express love and gratitude to mothers everywhere, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
tenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


BARACK OBAMA
(Presidential Proclamation -- Mother's Day, 2013)

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Dim 12 Mai - 16:03

This is in the US (and several other countries in the world) but not in the UK, Ireland nor France.

In the US, it's on the second Sunday of May (2nd Sunday of May)
In the UK and Ireland, it was on Mar 10, 2013 (generally speking, fourth Sunday in Lent)
In France, it'll be on May 26, 2013 (generally speaking, Last Sunday of May except if Pentecost occurs on this day; in this case, first Sunday of June).

Mother's Day is celebrated on various days around the world (Note: Some countries celebrate the International Women's Day instead of Mother's Day).

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Dim 12 Mai - 16:13

Hi everyone,

Here're a few words on Wikipédia regarding:
-> Mother's Day and especially the calendar by country
-> Mother's Day (US); additional words for the US.

Not to be confused with:
-> International Women's Day (ex.communist countries)
-> Mothering Sunday (Christian countries cf UK).

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Lun 13 Mai - 0:11

Hi everyone,

I loved this!

The Mom Song Don't forget to click the Play button.
I hope that everyone can Watch this even if you don't have a Facebook account (tell me)!

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Message  gerardM le Lun 13 Mai - 12:04

Regarding the video of my last posting: fortunately there are subtitles!

There are many things in this video, you can find:
- daily language grammar
- daily language words
- daily language pronunciation
- American sense of humor
- American education=worldwide ed Smile

Try to close your eyes and understand.

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  MurielB le Lun 13 Mai - 14:13

The music also makes the text very funny ! It was easy to understand the song with the subtitles and not so easy to close my eyes and listen !
thanks Gérard, I will listen to the video again to-night.

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Lun 13 Mai - 14:29

Learn the "lyrics" by heart for your grandchildren: they may know the "song" and will be hearing it for 20+ years! Wink

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  Guilaine le Lun 13 Mai - 19:50

I love the song ; indeed it was fast, but so true !
I could have added my comment as I said every word of it during my life as a mother !

Thank you, Gérard, for passing it on. I enjoyed it.
(I will put it on FB on mothers'day, I am sure my children will appreciate...).
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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Lun 13 Mai - 22:05

Hi Ghislaine,

Why not create a record in French on the Marseillaise tune?

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Mer 22 Mai - 17:38

Hi everyone,

Don't forget Mother's Day in France will be celebrated this Sunday May 26, 2013.

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mothers'day

Message  MurielB le Mar 6 Mai - 8:43

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/mothers-day/5766-world.html

The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May
May could be mother's month then !  Wink

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Mar 6 Mai - 16:20

... not only! May's my birth month.

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Mothers 'day + Gérard's birth month

Message  MurielB le Mer 7 Mai - 15:23

Let's change the title, then. Mothers 'day + Gérard's birth month

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  gerardM le Lun 12 Mai - 12:06

Hi there,

Mother's Day Turns 100: Its Surprisingly Dark History.


(click pic to read)

As Mother's Day turns 100 this year, it's known mostly as a time for brunches, gifts, cards, and general outpourings of love and appreciation.

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Re: Mother's Day

Message  MurielB le Lun 12 Mai - 22:30

Thanks Gérard for mother's day history. I have read it twice because I didn't know anything about it.

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