I saw the 2006 thread and figured that it wasn't really relavant due to the date, so I hope its ok if I start this one.
I have a question.
Growing up and until we moved to SC, on Mother's day, most people in our church wore flowers to honor their Mother's. Usually it was not a complete coursage, Just a rosebud and pin. No bow or other adornments.
EVERYONE did this, including the men and children, not just the mother's.
A red flower symbolized that your mom was still alive.
A white flower symbolized that your mom was no longer alive.
I love this as it does give a way to honor our mom's even if they are gone.
However, no one I've talked to outside of that church knows anything about this. I always thought it was a kind of Southern thing, but I guess not.
My mother told me that she always remembered doing that every year from the time she was a child and I remember it too. I always felt sad for my grandmother as she had to wear a white flower while my mom and I got to wear red.
Anyway, I'm trying to find out if anyone knows anymore about this tradition or if it is even a tradition in other places and how it got started.
Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there.