May 6th, 2016
There is still time to send flowers and always time to call your mom or that someone special who is like a mom on Sunday. Sometimes we get special people like a wonderful mother-in-law or an aunt or another adult who helped guide us as we grew up, or who you can call when you need a sympathetic ear.
And if you are a mom, Sunday is your day to get spoiled!
In 1906, a year after her mother's death Anna Jarvis from Philadelphia began campaigning her community for a day on which all Americans would celebrate their moms. After spreading the word through church meetings and writing letters to government representatives and businessmen, she had nearly all 46 states observing Mother's Day within three years, and in 1914 it became a national holiday.
She was deeply disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis wanted to keep Mother’s Day a time of reflection and genuine appreciation. She even took the fight to court and lost. Jarvis criticized the practice of purchasing greeting cards as being too lazy to write a personal letter. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace protesting against the commercialization, and she finally said that she regretted having started Mother’s Day.
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, and created the Mother’s Day International Association. She specifically noted that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honor their mother.
Mother’s Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions and hopefully Anna Jarvis will forgive us.
The most common item purchased for Mother’s Day is a card. The most common present is brunch or dinner out followed by jewelry and flowers. Most mom’s want a day off or a fun day spent with their family.
Mother’s Day is now worldwide, but it’s celebrated on different days in different countries.
Carnations were the most common symbol for mother’s day. The tradition is to honor mothers who are living with colored flowers (preferably pink and red), and those who are deceased with white ones. Most of the flowers given for Mother's Day come from California.
“I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring it.”
What will you be doing for your mom or someone who is like a mother this weekend?