It’s amazing to think that this U.S. holiday has only been around for the last three plus generations. That’s little more than a hundred years.
And Europe? Even less. They didn’t follow suit until the 1930’s and 1940’s, when they merged their annual church tradition of “Mothering Sunday” into a secular holiday like ours.
Also amazing is the fact that millions of people celebrate this relatively new holiday tradition thanks to the persistent efforts of just one American woman.
In 1908 Anna Jarvis began an exhaustive campaign to create a national Mother’s Day as a way to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children and in 1914, it became official. Then U.S. President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Commercialization soon followed and Mother’s Day turned into a profitable enterprise for florists, card-makers, and chocolatiers the world over.
To which – horrified Anna Jarvis. At one point, she actually lobbied to have the holiday removed from the American calendar.
I can understand Anna’s point of view, especially given today’s social climate.
Which do you think is better? To spend time with one’s own mother in celebration of the sheer fact that she tendered her own body to give you life – or – buy some flowers, a cheap card, and call it day.
Disrespect for mother (and father) is rampant in our so-called modern society. As is the breakdown of traditional family values.
Does this generation respect their elders? How about our ‘beloved’, narcissistic Millennial’s?
And what values do the media and movie industries cram down our throats at every turn? Mom is pathetic and Dad is stupid. Or more recently, you’re a bad person to assume Mom is female – courtesy of the political Left’s gender war against all those who aren’t LGBT. These folks would have us think that the world majority is populated by a people that are neither female nor male.
How about all those who feel their mother’s failed them in some way?
The list of transgressions launched against ‘mother’ is not only endless, it’s subjective. Is perception reality? I think not. There’s a lot of folks that need to take a good, hard look at themselves in the mirror.
No matter what one’s own mother has done or not done, we can all agree on one thing. Every single human being on this planet has been born via ‘woman’.
For this reason alone, we should at the very least give thanks to the person who carried us within her womb, sacrificing all to give someone else the ultimate gift – life.
And if you were blessed with a mother who loved you?
Then thank your lucky stars and do something nice for your Mom. She more than deserves your loyalty, kindness, respect, honor, and general regard – trust me. She’s earned it. Moms sacrifice plenty, all out of love for you.
And what is this love I talk about? It applies to mothers and children alike. For it’s easy to say you love your Mom, or a mother her child, but what does that really mean?
I think this quote by Robert A. Heinlein sums it up nicely:
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own…”