How to Remember Mother

Usually the first sound from a baby is the ‘ma’ sound.

Did you know?
In almost every language the word for mother begins with the letter ‘M’.

In the 10 most widely spoken languages in the world, the word for mama (meaning “mother”) is: mama, mama, mamá, ma, mama, mamã, maa, mama, haha and mami. Read more about the most universal word.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law Mother’s Day and declared it to be celebrated the second Sunday in May.

Today, Mother’s Day is one of the largest commercialized holidays in the U.S.
1. It is the third highest selling holiday for flowers.
2. Much to Hallmark and the greeting card industries’ liking –  the most popular gift on Mother’s Day is the Greeting Card.
3. Mother’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for restaurants, after all, we don’t want mom to cook on her special day.
4. More than any other day of the year, more phone calls are made to mother’s all over the world.

Did you know?
When it became apparent that this day quickly became over-commercialized and was loosing its meaning, Anna Reeves Jarvis pushed to have it removed but Jarvis died childless, unmarried, and penniless in a sanitorium at the age of 84.

Mother’s Day has been around, in some form, long before the U.S. turned it into a Hallmark holiday.

In the Spring, the Greeks held celebrations in honor of Rhea, the goddess of fertility, motherhood, and generation.

Mothering Sunday is a day honouring mother churches, the church where one is baptised and becomes “a child of the church”, celebrated since the Middle Ages in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries on the fourth Sunday in Lent.  Wikipedia

“Most cultures celebrate mothers because they are traditionally the main caregiver, which comes with great responsibility,” says Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting. Here is how other cultures have celebrated Mother’s Day.

The history of American Mother’s Day, as we know it, started with a woman named, Ann Jarvis.

During and following the Civil War, Ann Jarvis started a committee in 1868 which established the first glimmer of today’s holiday: “Mother’s Friendship Day.” Anna Reeves Jarvis, in honor of her mother, continued her mother’s wishes and established an intimate day of observance, which was celebrated in 1908 and the beginning of today’s Mother’s Day.

Anna Maria Jarvis was the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. Her mother had frequently expressed a desire for the establishment of such a holiday, and after her mother’s death, Jarvis led the movement for the commemoration. Wikipedia

Did you know?
Anna Reeves Jarvis, incorporated flowers into Mother’s Day, more specifically “carnations”, a red carnation meant your mother was alive and well, a white carnation meant your mother had passed on.

Others have tried before Anna to establish some sort of Mother’s Day, starting back as early as the 19th century.
1. Back in 1870, the same woman who wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” proposed a Mother’s Day.
2. In 1873, writer Julia Ward Howe wanted to celebrate “Mother’s Peace Day” every June 2nd.
3. But it was Anna Jarvis who finally succeeded in making Mother’s Day a National Holiday.

Anna Jarvis: Founder of Mother’s Day
Anna Jarvis is the daughter of Anne Reeves Jarvis and she is recognized as the official founder of Mother’s Day in the United States.  Meet Anna Jarvis.

Remember Your Mom on Mother’s Day… “How” you remember and honor her is up to you and your family traditions. But here are a few suggestions:

1. Flowers – every mother loves a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Why not take it one step further and buy her a potted flowering plant or a flowering plant for her garden, something to treasure every year.

2. An Experience – eating out is wonderful, who doesn’t like to eat out, but maybe ask mom what she would really like to do. What is one of her Bucket List wishes?

3. A phone call – there is a reason this one is so popular on Mother’s Day, mother’s love to hear from their children.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s. May your day be as special as you are.