A Special Day for a Special Person
Celebrating motherhood has been observed throughout time in one form or another. The Greeks and Romans held festivals for their maternal goddesses and Christians observed "Mothering Sunday" in reverence of the Virgin Mary...but it was Ann Jarvis who petitioned for a day to honour our mothers to thank them for giving life, raising us, and being our constant support.
Though she had no children of her own, Ann was inspired by her mother - an activist and social worker. Her mother's desire was that someday we would honour all mothers, alive and dead, and acknowledge the contribution they made to our lives.
Upon her mother's death in 1905, Ann was determined to fulfill her mother's wish. She began her mission by having a memorial for her mother in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, where she sent carnations (her mother's favourite flower) to the church service.
Ann wrote many letters, gaining supporters that would later lobby for the official declaration of a Mother's Day holiday. She became successful in her efforts in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution declaring the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day.
This year, honour the mother figure in your life and celebrate the blessings she gives you. A flower in remembrance, a handwritten note, a long distance call, or do something memorable together - treat your mom to a rejuvenating and luxurious spa experience.
Moms come in all forms and there is probably more than one who deserves to know how much you care. A special day for a special person, that's what Ann Jarvis had in mind.