Every year on the second Sunday in May we celebrate the women who brought us into this world. Mother’s Day was started over 100 years ago by a woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna’s own mother passed away in 1905 which led her on her journey to establish a day of recognition for all mothers both living and deceased. In 1907 Anna passed out 500 White Carnations to the women of her mother’s church, St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia and requested that there be a yearly Sunday Service honoring mothers (although Anna used White Carnations, today the official flower of Mother’s Day is the Red Carnation!).
The church responded in 1908 granting Anna’s wish of the Sunday Mother’s Day service and in 1912 West Virginia became the first state to adopt Mother’s Day as an official holiday. While all of the states eventually followed suit claiming Mother’s Day as an official holiday, it took many years of hard work for Anna Jarvis to achieve her goal. And after all of those years Anna became increasingly worried about the continued commercialization of what was supposed to be a day of sentiment. She protested the buying gifts and revered this as the lazy mans excuse, her intention for this holiday was for each of us to stop our daily lives and spend some quality time hand writing a letter and delivering the letter with a small gesture alike her giving one white carnation flower.
The holiday that she worked so hard to put in place ended up being a holiday she despised. Even though Anna disliked the holiday, it was carried into the present giving us the opportunity to show our Mom’s just how much we love and appreciate all that they have done in our lives. Let’s all take the opportunity on the upcoming Sunday May 10th, 2009 to show gratitude to all of the mothers we know and love!