Happy Mother’s Day to all our amazing and beautiful mothers out there! For too long mothers are our truly unspoken heroes. They are the very foundation of our youth.
While Mother’s Day first appeared in the early 20th century in the United States, mothers were celebrated over and over throughout centuries prior in all the world. Ann Jarvis pushed for the day following her mother’s death in 1905 and again held a memorial for her in 1908. After assisting with wounded soldiers for both the Confederates and Union sides, Ann Jarvis created occasional “mother’s days” to allow public health information to be shared. However, Congress rejected her decree for a national holiday in 1908, declaring the next request would be for a “Mother’s-in-law” holiday too. Yet, Jarvis did not give up.
By 1911 her efforts were rewarded. The first state, her home state of West Virginia, created local holidays to honor. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing the second Sunday of every May as the national holiday known as Mother’s Day. Still, Jarvis regretted the commercialism associating with the holiday. Instead, she preferred the sentiment versus the Hallmark greeting cards. She did though prefer the carnations that became an associated flower for the day.
Mother’s Day now is known to be the busiest phone usage day and also the most sent flowers, including even more than Valentine’s. Our mothers are our first loves in this world and it’s only proper we acknowledge them.
Normally, I host a Mother’s Day brunch at my home, making a breakfast casserole, homemade strawberry syrup, fruit, french toast casserole, and bloody marys and mimosas. However, as we are in the middle of the transition period, I don’t have access to host such an event this year. It is missed. In some ways too though, I also always knew it was a sign I was not yet a mother either. Maybe one day soon that will change. Maybe next year I can return to my tradition. Instead, I’ve purchased my mother a small token of my appreciation and a nice card, ironically. It is her special day.
So again, Happy Mother’s Day to all my dear readers and friends – the most beautiful women in the world. Thank you for all you do and for being the best out there.