‘Mom to Mom’ #3 from Mothers Day 2015
Happy Mother’s Day
By Libby Blumberg
On Sunday May 10th, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis, the woman who began the campaign to make Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1905, did it in honor of her mother, Ann Jarvis, who was a peace activist during the Civil War. Anna’s campaign was quite successful and in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, a national holiday.
Smart move, Mr. President.
Anna’s description of a mother is quite intriguing: “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” The words sound a bit daunting at first; like a really tall order that couldn’t possibly be achieved by one person. It is high praise and puts a mother in a place of distinction. It sets a mother apart from anyone else.
Well, of course it does. And rightfully so.
There is no doubt that the person I admire most is my mother. Often I tell people that I only had one dream. It had nothing to do with a career, a big house, a nice car, or a closet full of designer clothes. My dream was to be a mother. And it is my mother who put that dream in my heart. She most definitely did (and does) “more for me than anyone in the world.”
This Mother’s Day, I urge you to notice how your mother paved your way to this place. Of course, we must understand that all relationships have their own characteristics. Some mothers may no longer be with us on this earth. Some ‘mothers’ carry a different name, identity, or position in your life. Maybe some of you have vowed to approach motherhood in a completely different way than your mom did. It all matters and it is a perfect time to give it some thought.
Anna Jarvis died in 1948, regretting what had become of Mother’s Day. It had been commercialized with cards, flowers, and candy. In her opinion, these things showed laziness. She wanted this holiday to be more intimate. But it is also the biggest holiday for long distance phone calls and just behind Christmas and Easter for highest church attendance. In my opinion, Ms. Jarvis and President Wilson still did a great thing.
Just like with any other commercialized holiday, the only thing that matters is that we celebrate it from our hearts. Imagine an unbreakable bond that connects your mother to you and you to your child and your child to her (or his) children, and so on. (After all, Dads are pretty cool too.) This bond is full of the beautiful things that make a mother. The things that, thankfully, Anna Jarvis saw in her mother over a century ago.
So, on Mother’s Day, my fellow moms, enjoy your flowers, cards, gifts, celebrations, and hopefully, some rest. Reflect on who brought you here and how you are forever bonded by motherhood. Say thank you to that person, wherever they may be.
Bask in the glory of this place of distinction. You deserve it.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, History.com, National Geographic.com