Mother’s Day started 150 years ago when Anna Jarvis organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community. She called it “Mothers Work Day.”
When Anna died in 1905, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the hard work of her mother. In 1914 young Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.
Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day is the third largest card-sending holiday in the United States with 141 million cards exchanged annually. It is also the most popular holiday for gift giving following Christmas.
I have been blessed to have had three special women in my life who made a difference, whom I honor on Mother’s Day. First was my mother, who taught me about character building. It began at infancy. No. 2 was my grandmother, who taught me that life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. No. 3, my mother-in-law, taught me to live one day at a time.
Mothers’ lives are not etched in stone. They have to be like flowers that continue to unfold because every day is a new day. We women have options and choices our entire life but we cannot be critical of ourselves. Put all excuses aside and remember this. “You are capable.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, foster moms.
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