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Did You Know Who Started Mother's Day?

Did You Know Who Started Mother's Day?

Susan Henderson

Did you know the woman who founded Mother’s Day was childless and never married?

Anna Jarvis had spent many years looking after her ailing mother and preferred to remain single. When her mother died in Philadelphia on May 9, 1905, Anna missed her greatly and felt children often neglected to appreciate their mother enough while the mother was still alive. She dedicated her life to her mother's cause and worked to establish Mother's Day to "honor mothers, living and dead." She hoped Mother's Day would increase respect for parents and strengthen family bonds.

As a result of her efforts the first mother's day was observed on May 10, 1908. Nine years after the first official Mother's Day, commercialization of the U.S. holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become. While honoured for her part in the growth of the holiday, Anna Jarvis was disillusioned with her own creation. Though the original spirit of honoring the mothers remained it expanded quickly into a more secular observance leading to giving of flowers, cards, and gifts and Anna was unable to cope with this changing mode of expression. (Adapted from theholidayspot.com)

Despite its commercialization, I hope that on May 13, you find a way to give your own mother some joy and that your loved ones find a way to to remind you that you are appreciated too. After all, these commercial holidays are simply little nudges and reminders to honour those that have done so much for us.

I hope that we can all recognize, appreciate and give thanks for what we do have rather than letting what we don’t have steal our joy.

If I can help you find something special to honour your own mother, I am happy to help.

Happy Mother's Day!

Photography: Beth Hayhurst http://www.bethhayhurst.com/
Model: Singer + songwriter Tara McLean and her daughters



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