According to Athena Staik
The first attempts to establish a Mother’s Day in North America began with groups of women who came together to promote peace. More specifically, it started with a Proclamation written by a prominent activist, Julia Ward Howe, who had authored The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier. […] In her Proclamation, she called on mothers everywhere to join together to promote peaceful relations and disarmament.
My mother loved to grow flowers, and I’m reminded of her when I see a beautiful flower garden.
I remember her saying, of death
Just put me in a gunnysack and throw me alongside the road.
She meant that the body is just a husk. But her imagery was a way to both “amaze the whole room” and make the message stick.