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Lucia Helena
05-09-2010, 10:00 AM
Today in several places in the world is a special day ...
Every day, it is this physics and spiritually in our lives.
She brought in to this world, she taught in a talk, a walk, she gave in one direction...
She is a bit of us and we your eternity.
Congratulations to all mothers ...
God bless the mission to be mother.
Flowers, kisses and much love from Brasil

05-09-2015, 12:55 AM

The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna's mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Motherís Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis' home state. Jarvis' push to create an official holiday was met with opposition by some. Sen. Henry Moore Teller described the notion of Mother's Day as "absolutely absurd," and "trifling." In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Motherís Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day she soon became resentful of the commercialization and was angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920s, Hallmark and other companies started selling Mother's Day cards. Jarvis became so embittered by what she saw as misinterpretation and exploitation that she protested and even tried to rescind Mother's Day.

The holiday that she worked so hard for was supposed to be about sentiment, not about profit. Jarvis' intention for the holiday had been for people to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude, rather than buying gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits to try to stop the commercialization. She crashed a candymakers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923. Two years later she protested at a confab of the American War Mothers, which raised money by selling carnations, the flower associated with Mother's Day, and was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.


05-09-2015, 02:59 AM

Mother's Day was begun in the Twenties and quickly became commercialized. I always thought it odd to honor the person who gives you life on one day. She should be honored everyday. But special recognition on one day does serve as a reminder for what you take for granted the rest of the year.

When the children are very young, around this time they bring home from school the strange little necklaces made from macaroni that have been dyed red. Red macaroni on a string. You put it on proudly and wear it out to Mother's Day dinner.

Once I got a star cut from a waxy milk carton but the string was a little short. You know how disappointed I was that it wouldn't go over my head.

Of course, children get curious, "How come there's a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but no Children's Day?" I had a ready answer: "Everyday is Children's Day!" Always brought a smile. Unbeknownst to me there was a Children's Day but I stand by my original statement.

To Mothers everywhere -- You gave them Life so you could give them Love. That's what makes you that special person, a Mother. With red macaroni on a string. Around your neck.