Did you know…
In 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother it was the first celebrated modern holiday of Mother’s Day. However, her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday began three years earlier in 1905… the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.
Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
Ann Jarvis, a peace activist, cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues, teaching women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region divided with Civil War.
In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would have to proclaim also a “Mother-in-law’s Day”.
In 1911, all US states observed the holiday due to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday with the first being Jarvis’ home state of West Virginia in 1910.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. The commemoration was adopted by other countries and is now celebrated all over the world.
One cannot deny being a mother is difficult at times. It can be trying and taxing, but it is also richly rewarding.
To me, there is nothing more gratifying than these miracles that continually fulfill our lives. They have a subtle way of reminding us what is important.
Motherhood is an absolutely amazing thing. If you have been blessed with a little bundle of joy, I know you are an absolutely amazing mother!
Have a wondrous Mother’s Day.