It’s Mother’s Day! It’s the day to honor one’s own mother, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influences of mothers in society. It is celebrated all over the world.
I remember it as one of my family’s favorite days. Dad would get red rose boutonnieres for him, my sister, brother and me, along with a corsage for Mom. Then we’d go somewhere to eat. One day, Dad wore a white rose after his Mom had departed, and I dreaded the day I might have to follow suit.
Mother’s Day became an official American holiday on the second Sunday in May in 1914 as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson. Six years earlier, Ann Reeves Jarvis, held a memorial ceremony on May 10th, 1908, to honor not only her mother, who had passed away on May 9th, 1905, but also all the mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann’s financial backer for that service was John Wanamaker, the Philadelphia department store owner.
On that same day, thousands of people attended a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores. Jarvis had also collaborated with the floral industry to help raise Mother’s Day’s public profile, but by 1920, she was disgusted by the commercialization of the holiday, and she started to work against those who sold flowers, candy, cards and even charities. She died in 1948, having disowned the holiday, and lobbying the government to remove it from the American calendar. Ironically, she never married nor did she have any children.
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