Mothers are the master creators, the greatest invention, assuring a future for all earthly inhabitants. Recognizing this, a Miss Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia argued while she was addressing a public meeting that; “Everyone who ever had a mother should wear a carnation on the second Sunday of May, in honor of the best mother of all, and that is your own.” She further advised her audience “if your mother be dead, it is fitting to wear a white carnation, if living, any color.”
Without doubt, motherhood was and remains nature’s greatest creation, that is, after she first established a base for all living creatures to stand, fly, swim or burrow, for there would be nothing worthy without a mother for a foundation.
Motherhood remains one of the basic realities; mankind has known no culture that does not employ some maternal symbolism in representing its deities, and the cosmos is her body. She gives birth to everything and nourishes all, body and soul.
We think of mothers as warm guardians, someone to hide behind when things go badly. The egg in the nest surrounded by the warm down plucked from the mother’s breast, the naked spot on the hen to warm the chick, the fervent protection of the young by the mother, whether a mare and her foal or bear sow defending its cubs, mothers are the protectors, along with being the disciplinarians, teachers, guides and sources of knowledge, all of which are delivered with love and tenderness. Mothers provide our sustenance and all that we know as good.
Miss Anna Jarvis went on to address the U.S. Congress campaigning for a national celebration of Mother’s Day. In 1914 then President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The nation readily accepted the concept and you will see lots of carnations smiling this day.