The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day.” However, because of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, 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.
So much for history – now on to reality.
For the guys that do not acknowledge their wives on Mother’s Day, take it from someone happily married for over 34 years: Do what you can to make her feel special, be it gifts, flowers, making dinner, doing the chores for the day, or better yet, ALL of the above. Just let her know that you appreciate the never-ending job of motherhood.
Perhaps your own mother had some challenges. Most do on some level. Try to remember that she had your best interests at heart, and know she did the best she could at that time. Realize that sometimes people can only do what they can with the tools they were given from their parents, so understand that often those tools may have been lacking.
My mother is a real gem. She is still alive and active at 86, both mentally and physically. She often does water aerobics, and is a Life Master Bridge player. I make it a point to call her every week, and for sure I will see her on Mother’s Day.
Whatever your relationship is with your mom, give her a shout out May 13. Gifts are always nice, but most importantly, let her know you are thinking about her, and that you care.
Of course the library has all sort of books and movies about mothers, both fiction and non-fiction. Two recent movies that the library has are Mother’s Day with Jennifer Aniston, and A Bad Mom’s Christmas, with Mila Kunis. I very much enjoyed both of these, as they were funny and heartwarming. Best of all was that all the moms in these movies really loved their kids, but also did some really stupid things to mess their kids up. Just like real life!
Now please, call your mother!