Mom's day in May a good way to say thanks

May 11, 2013 

The importance of mothers had been largely taken for granted but for the worship of some ancient goddess or so until 1908. That’s when Anna Jarvis of Grafton, W. Va., held a memorial for her mother. Soon afterward she petitioned the United States Congress, seeking to establish "Mother's Day" as a recognized holiday.

By 1914 she had succeeded in her efforts and Congress agreed that on the second Sunday of each May its citizens shall observe Mother’s Day. The term is singular to note that the day is a celebration for each person’s mother. This American concept has spread worldwide to become an observance in some form by most cultures and religions.

Mother’s Day is not a day for drums, bugles or flags flapping in the wind. It is, instead, a day set aside for expressing love and remembrance. Mother’s Day is traditionally observed by borrowing a cluster of flowers, shaking out any persistent ants or bees, before presenting the offering, along with a box of chocolates, to your favorite lady, your mother.

Take time to recognize that it was Anna’s efforts, about a hundred years ago, before women had the right to vote, that established Mother’s Day, an annual acknowledgement that has grown into a worldwide honoring of the maternal figure.

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