“All that I am or hope to be , I owe to my Angel mother.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, whose mother had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. On May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia. Within five years virtually every state was observing the day. In 1914 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday. Although Jarvis had promoted the wearing of a white carnation as tribute to one’s mother, the custom developed of wearing a red or pink carnation to represent a living mother or a white carnation for a mother who was deceased. Over time the day was expanded to include others, such as grandmothers and aunts who played mothering roles. What had originally been primarily a day of honor became associated with the sending of cards and the giving of gifts. In protest against its commercialization, Jarvis spent the last years of her life trying to abolish the holiday she had brought into being.
Mother’s Day Fact - More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.
If your mother is still alive you are blessed. When is the last time you had a chat with your mother? How long has it been since you spent some time with her one on one time together with her?
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in it’s path.”
- Agatha Christie
I encourage you, today, to put forth that effort to let your mother know she matters and she is important to you. Pick up the phone and call her. Better yet, why not take her out and spend some quality time with her over a meal or even soft drinks? It’s not so much what you do. It’s about taking the time to be with her and letting you know you love and appreciate her.
Yes, mothers are special. Don’t wait until she’s gone to let your mother know how much she means to you.
Until next time...enjoy the journey!