This coming Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. Those of us fortunate enough to still have our Mothers in our lives will send a card, flowers, chocolates or pay a visit to that one, uniquely special person. But for those who can’t personally visit their Mother, there’s always the phone call. In fact, more phone calls are made on Mother’s day than any other day of the year, so much so, in fact, that telephone traffic spikes by as much as 37% – at least, according to History.com.
The special bond that exists between a mother and her children has long been an accepted fact of life. But, now with the help of science, there is data to explain the uncompromising power and exclusivity of that relationship. According to a study published in 2017 and reported by writer Alexa Erickson, researchers used brain imaging to test empathy between adolescents and theirs mothers. Without getting too technical, the testing placed mothers in distressing situations and registered their brain activity. Then, the same mothers were asked to imagine their children confronting those same distressing situations. And just like that, the mothers’ brains showed reactions that were nearly identical in both situations. Ms. Erickson writes that these findings probably support those mothers who are fond of saying “You will never understand how much I love you until you have a child of your own.”
However, even without the help of science, we at Arlington recognize the special affection between a mother and her children and also know that it’s important to so many to visit the grave of those Mothers who are laid to rest in one of our gardens on Mother’s Day. To assist, our office will be open and staffed on Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm. If you need help for any reason whatsoever during those hours, please feel free to stop in the office or call us at (513) 521-7003. And to all of you Moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Arlington.