A Day to Honor Mothers

May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

     Did you know that it is estimated that more than 23 billion dollars will be spent on flowers and presents for Mother's Day this year?  Mind boggling, isn't it.  One can only imagine how the lady who considered herself the Founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, would react to that.  Even though it was her life long quest to have a day in May designated as Mother's Day, a day to honor the mothers, she fought equally as hard to keep it from becoming a commercialized holiday.  Regardless of her intentions, the idea grew--backed by florists, restaurants, and card shops--until in 1914 Congress passed a law making the second Sunday of May a national day to remember mothers.  Why      May, you ask?  Jarvis' mother died in May.  She wanted the day to be closed to the anniversary of her mother's death as possible.  Jarvis's mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, was active in helping mothers learn how to take care of their children in what was then called Mother's Day Work Clubs.  According to historian, Katharine Antolini, Jarvis fought to make the day one of honor rather than pity or rampant commercialism.  
     There is more about Jarvis's quest if you are interested; articles are plentiful.  Don't you just love google?  For this blogger, the day is less about gifts and more about giving.  By and large, mothers are notoriously easy to please. After giving you a lifetime of love, they want, maybe that should be need, a reminder on this day that you love them as well.  Give all the presents you want, but don't forget to make the effort to visit and say those three little words that make a mother's heart soar--and it is not, Mom, I need money, just so you know.  
     Red roses symbolize true love (unless they appear in your dreams, than they mean a new romance is headed your way, but interrupting dreams is  a blog for a different day), and there should be no love more true blue...uh, make that red...than a mother's, so here's a rose for Mom.  I love you.

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers one and all.
For those in heaven and those on earth,
without you we would be nothing at all.

Literally.


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