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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Importance of Mothers:Mother's Day History

Wishing you a very special Mother’s Day!


The importance of mothers should be self explanatory to each and every one of us. After all, they do give life to everybody. Without mothers, not only would our society be unruly, but in all likelihood, it might be non-existent! Some people may argue that by simply giving birth to a child, one should not be labeled a mother. The argument would go on to say that motherhood is raising that child and making sure that it is fit for societal dwelling. More  

For slightly over a century now, the second Sunday of every May has been proclaimed to be mothers day. This goes way back to 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared it to be so. As much as an ideal world would and should celebrate mothers every day, it is only befitting that there is one day that is solely designated as mothers day. This is the one day that every single living human being takes to show their appreciation to their mothers. It is the one day that everything else takes a back seat and mom comes first. This should not only apply to our own mothers, but to every mother in general. Mothers day wishes is one of the tools we as a society use to express that appreciation.

Mothers day is not just any other haphazard holiday. It has meaning and it was brought about by a series of certain events. The divulsion of which would require a slight foray into the history of mothers day itself. Anna Reeves Jarvis in conjunction with her daughter, Anna Jarvis are the reason mothers day exists as a holiday.

Anna Reeves Jarvis was a very hard working mother and activist from Virginia. During the civil war, Anna who was a mother of eleven children (only four lived to adulthood) had formed work clubs that were intended to promote sanitation and cleanliness within her local community. She achieved this by organizing the local mothers and rallying them for help. By the time of the war Anna lived in the newly formed State of West Virginia. She encouraged these work clubs to nurse wounded soldiers from both the Union and the Confederacy alike. She always expressed her wishes that there be an official recognition of a mother’s selfless work. And that this recognition should be commemorated by a formal recognition by each and every one.

After she died, her daughter Anna took it upon herself to make her mothers wishes come true. She rallied up a group of friends and supporters and they initiated a letter-writing campaign urging the authorities to instate a formal day that would be celebrated as mothers day. This a day that was to celebrate motherhood and the importance of mothers everywhere.

On May 9, 1908, on the third anniversary of Anna Reeves Jarvis’ death, a church in Grafton, WV recognized mothers day and Anna presented every mother with a white carnation. Her mothers favorite flower. Two years later, West Virginia adopted mothers day as a national holiday and in 1914, Woodrow Wilson and the Congress declared every second Sunday of May to be a national Holiday. It was designated, Mothers day!

It is no secret that mothers are some of the most unappreciated people in the world. It may be inadvertently so, but that still does not make the situation any less depraved. Mothers, as a people, are some of the most hard working and committed members of our society. They say a mother’s love is unconditional. This is true. A mother will do anything in their power to make sure that their offspring has the best life they can provide. They will stay up late with you while you are sick. They will come at each and every beck or call. They will nurse and ensure that you survive as a kid and they will always be there to give you prudent and very valuable life advise if you will only listen. They never take a day off from being a mother nor do they have holidays. Their job as a mother is on twenty four hours a day and it goes on from the day you are conceived till the day one of you passes on. There is no ‘off’ switch for a mother. She will love and protect you with more intensity and fierceness than she does herself. That is how strong a mother’s love is. That is why it wouldn’t hurt to take a day and simply appreciate everything they do for us. Mothers ask very little of us and yet give so much. A day spent pampering your mother and waiting on her is a little imbalanced but it is a start. Mothers day wishes are some of the best ways to show your mother that you are thinking about them on that special day that is set aside, just for her. Besides buying her flowers, (red carnations for living mothers and white carnations for our dearly departed mothers) and candy, take the time to send a few mothers day wishes your mom’s way. It will light up her day and make her smile. She will know that her years of toiling have not gone unnoticed.

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