Is this a Southern thing or a Mama thing?

If you want to get right to the point without too much flowery language, these simple Mother's Day poems say everything that needs to be said—no more, no less.To My Mother By Robert Louis Stevenson You too, my mother, read my rhymesFor love of unforgotten times,And you may chance to hear once moreThe little feet along the floor.Rock Me to Sleep (Excerpt)By Elizabeth Akers AllenOver my heart, in the days that are flown,No love like mother-love ever has shone;No other worship abides and endures,—      Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:None like a mother can charm away painFrom the sick soul and the world-weary brain.Poems Done on a Late Night Car (Excerpt)By Carl SandburgIII. HOME Here is a thing my heart wishes the world had more of:  I heard it in the air of one night when I listened  To a mother singing softly to a child restless and angry in the darkness.A Mother's LoveBy Helen Steiner RiceA Mother's love is somethingthat no on can explain,It is made of deep devotionand of sacrifice and pain,It is endless and unselfishand enduring come what mayFor nothing can destroy itor take that love away . . .It is patient and forgivingwhen all others are forsaking,And it never fails or falterseven though the heart is breaking . . .It believes beyond believingwhen the world around condemns,And it glows with all the beautyof the rarest, brightest gems . . .It is far beyond defining,it defies all explanation,And it still remains a secretlike the mysteries of creation . . .A many splendored miracleman cannot understandAnd another wondrous evidenceof God's tender guiding hand.M-O-T-H-E-RBy Howard Johnson"M" is for the million things she gave me,"O" means only that she's growing old,"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,"H" is for her heart of purest gold,"E" is for her eyes with love-light shining,"R" means right, and right she'll always bePut them all together, and they spell "Mother,"A word that means the world to me.
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We would never turn our nose up at breakfast in bed, but when it comes to what really defines Mother's Day in the South, we like to put it front and center. Come Sunday we'll be fluffing our feathers and putting our Mother's Day finest on display where everyone can see: our usual church pew.

If you attend a place of worship in the South on Mother's Day, here are a few things you might spot—do share with us what we left off.

Sunday-Best Attire Only Rivaled by That of Easter

Second only to Easter in terms of pomp and circumstance is Mother's Day. Not a hair will be out of place, dresses will be floral, slacks pressed, and little one's socks will be pulled knee-high. Mom will proudly display her chicks lined up in a neat little row beside her on the pew.

Mother's Day Corsages

You'll still spot a few of these among the congregation on Mother's Day. Sadly, the Mother's Day tradition of honoring Mom with a corsage seems to be waning. Bring it back with a little help from our guide to the Best Flowers for Corsages.

Church Pews Four Generations Deep

It's not unusual too see three and sometimes even four generations of women sharing the same pew come Mother's Day with husbands, brothers, and sons mixed in, of course. A good rule of thumb is to always congregate to the home church and usual pew of the eldest in attendance—one of many unspoken rules of the Southern matriarchy.

Children on Their Best Behavior

Little ones are reminded this is Mama's special day and, if there's one thing we know about Southern children it's their love for Mama runs deep. Any other day they might have needed bribing with zip-top bags of dry cereal and cheese crackers shaped like fish but, not today. Mama's every happiness is all the incentive they need to sit up straight and not pinch each other.

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