Good Morning ~
Happy Mother's Day to all of you.
Mother's come in many forms. Moms that gave birth to their children, Moms that have been blessed to adopt children, Moms are those that take care of someone, Moms that have furry children, and so on. All of us have taken care and or nurture someone in our lives. To you I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!
A little Mother's Day history ~
Celebrating the gift and honor of motherhood can be traced back throughout history. In the United States it can began as one daughter's desire to share the legacy her mother instilled.
In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia school teacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. After Anna's mother passed away, when Anna was 41, she missed her mother so much and wanted to instill and appreciation to celebrate mothers while they were still alive. Instead of when it was too late. She hoped honoring this day would encourage respect, love and build family bonds.
She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers.
On the 2nd anniversary of her mother's death, Anna honored her mother at their home church. She handed out her mother's favorite flowers, white Carnations, as they represented sweetness, purity, & patience. Anna's hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother's Day an official National Holiday.
On Mother's Day, the United States flag is to be displayed on government buildings at at people's homes "as a public expression of our love & reverence for the mothers of our country." Slowly & gradually, Mother's Day popularity grew along with the emphasis of commercialism. This was never Anna's intent, as she believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.
Regardless of Jarvis's worries, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States. The second Sunday of May has become one of the most popular days of the year. Although Anna may not be with us any longer, Mother's Day lives on and has spread to various countries of the world.
Many countries throughout the world now celebrate Mother's Day but at various times during the year. Countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia & Belgium also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.
I will be having my mom over for dinner this Mother's Day to honor her.
This is the card I created for her ~
Hope you have enjoyed that little bit of history.
Happy Mother's Day