When you start thinking of your Mother’s Day celebration this year; it may be interesting knowing the origin of Mother’s Day.
This holiday dates back to 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She had campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday when her mother died in 1905. She wanted to honor her mother, Ann Jarvis, and have a day set aside to honor all mothers. Jarvis’ mother was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
Through Jarvis’ work, President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. It’s interesting to note that Jarvis because resentful of the commercialization of the holiday. She protested the exploitation and even tried to rescind Mother’s Day. Not only did she fail, but Mother’s Day was adopted by other countries and now is celebrated all over the world. That’s fortunate for Hallmark as Mother’s Day is the third largest card-sending holiday in the US, with 120 million cards exchanged annually.
I hear wonderful stories about mothers from our AAHAM members and many are mothers too. It’s quite an accomplishment that they balance careers, families and also being an AAHAM volunteer.
I value the time I spend with my mother and am blessed that she is healthy and happy. I speak to her nightly and while these calls are part of my evening routine; they never are routine. I’m blessed to have this time to catch up on her day and share mine with her. While we can’t be together for Mother’s Day, she’ll get a card and telephone call from me on Mother’s Day Sunday.
How does your family celebrate Mother’s Day?