I heard on the radio today that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 as a memorial to celebrate the life of Ann Jarvis by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann was an activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides during the Civil War and died in 1905. This first Mother’s Day event was held in a Methodist Church in Grafton; after which Anna then started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and politicians to see more adopt a special day to honor mothers. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson officially established the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
The original vision of the day involved the wearing of a white flower, normally a carnation and visiting your mother and/or attending church with her, a simple recognition of Motherhood. However, with the successful commercialization of the holiday Jarvis became disenchanted with the exploitation and later in life worked to rescind the holiday status. It’s wasn’t to be about profit, she just wanted people to appreciate and honor mothers – maybe by writing a personal note.
I am lucky enough to still have my Mother close and my children as well; but with the passing of my Father and Father-in-law in recent years, I have become more sensitive to the loss of key figures in my life and to be attentive to those around me more that have experienced loss of parents, children or any loved ones.
So as I go about honoring my Mother and Mother-in-law this year, I am going to make an extra effort to honor them, and not just rush about looking for a card in the gift store. I think personal notes might be in style for me this year. I promise to be more sensitive to those that have experienced loss of their mother or children in recent or past years.
Life is never easy or simple – but I keep telling myself that doing the right thing is simple. So with that I send wishes of a Happy Mother’s Day – and to everyone I send thoughts for just an old fashion great Sunday. Rain or shine.
Author:Kelly Lawson Phone: 936-525-9589 Dated: May 7th 2015 Views: 696 About Kelly: My job is to get you home. It’s that simple. The process is not always that simple, but the task...