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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just a few days away. I always appreciate my mom (and try to tell her on a regular basis) but even more so now that I am a mother myself. While my sister and I were growing up, my mom worked a full-time job, kept an immaculate house, and always made sure we had a home-cooked meal and ate together as a family. I now realize that was no small undertaking.

It seems fitting that we should have a day to honor a person that gives so much of themselves. Mother's Day started around 150 years ago when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness on poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it Mother's Work Day.

In 1905 Anna Jarvis died and her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life of her mother. Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen and politicians to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday. Over time the holiday went from a special family day to more gift giving. Apparently Anna Jarvis didn't like how the holiday was being commercialized, and in 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's day festival and was arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition.

Moms are happy when those they love remember them on this special day. How you remember isn't nearly as important as that you do. Keeping that in mind, here are a few ideas to help:

  • Help with chores

  • A day of rest

  • Quality family time

  • Dinner out

  • Cook dinner for her (and clean up the mess)

  • Breakfast in bed

  • Take her on a picnic

  • Home and school made cards and gifts

  • Put together a basket of some of her favorite things

  • Donate your time towards her favorite charity

You don't have to spend a ton of money to show your mom that you care. What mom treasures most is knowing that you really thought about her.

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