Mother’s Day is approaching quickly and I am taking a moment to think about the history of this loving holiday and how it has impacted my life. I am the mother of two beautiful and kind daughters. For much of my life, I didn’t know if I would begin the journey of motherhood. Building my businesses and making them successful was a big drive for a lot of my life, but then the time came when I became a mother and it has been the best decision I have ever made for myself. I also think of my own mother, who brought me onto this Earth and helped shape me into the woman that I am today.
Being in the floral industry as long as I have, the holiday of Mother’s Day is always one you will spend weeks preparing for. Growers, as suppliers and as florists all know, this holiday requires a lot of planning and preparation, being the second biggest holiday behind Valentine’s Day for the industry. So I took some time to learn the rich history about the women who brought this holiday into the American calendar.
A Brief History of Mother’s Day
Did you know that Mother’s Day was established in 1905 by Anna Jarvis to memorialize the love and care that her own mother had given to others during the Civil War in reuniting families with men who fought on opposing sides? With the help of local florists in her town in Virginia, she lobbied to designate the carnation as the symbol of the holiday. It has remained the flower of Mother’s Day to this day. The carnation flower is a hearty and long-lasting flower. With proper care, they have been shown to last up to 21 days! They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And when blooming fully, it can have a light, fresh, fragrance. I would agree with Jarvis that the carnation mirrors what it means to be a mother or what a mother is.
Show Your Appreciation
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we may also not be able to be near our mothers. For health and safety or because it is unsafe to travel right now. But I have seen how hard mothers are working right now. Homeschooling, entertaining, or working with their kids now sharing their workspace. Moms, you’re killing it! You are wonderful mothers, you can only do so much in a day and only your best. Each and every one of you is an inspiration to me as I struggle through this time as well. You have undoubtedly earned this holiday this year! So partners, children, whoever you might be, show the motherly figure in your life just how much you appreciate the love and guidance she has given you with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers.