History of Mother’s Day

WVGRAFmotherMother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis  held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.   Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.  Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues .

Mothers are very special people who love you unconditionally.  My mother has recently moved in with me so that I can help her.  I feel that as I get older, family is most important  and if I can help my mom it is an honor.  I asked her yesterday what she wanted to do for Mothers Day and we decided together to just stay in our jammies and watch old movies.  I can’t wait to be able to spend that time with my mom.  Mothers sacrifice a lot for their children and as they age I feel its  our responsibility to take care of them.  Somedays  are a challenge as we are adjusting to each others personal space.  I never thought at the age of 50 I would be living back with my mom but I am so grateful  for the time I get to spend with her . Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmothers, and all the other women who have guided, nurtured and loved us.

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