Mothers – Special in everyone's heart

By Katherine Miller

The second Sunday of each May is set aside for a person we hold close to our hearts-our mothers.

On this day, we honor our mothers with flowers, phone calls, and other such gifts in appreciation of Mom and all she has done for us throughout the years. This day in time has a very interesting story as to how it got started.

England was one of the first countries to set aside a day to honor and recognize mothers. During the eighteenth century, many people worked as household servants for the well to do, and on Sundays returned home to be with their mothers. Thus, the term “Mothering Sunday” came to be. This custom was put to a stop during the Industrial Revolution, which altered the way people lived and worked, and one Sunday of the year was set aside as a holiday in the twentieth century.

In the United States, however, Mother’s Day did not become and official holiday until the year 1915, due to the determination of one little girl, Anna Jarvis. Anna was the daughter to a minister and his wife, and as a girl, Anna admired her mother very much. Her favorite activity with her mom was working in the garden with her mother, and her favorite flower was the red carnation. Tragically, her mother passed away on May 5, 1905. Anna pleaded with the minister at her church to give a sermon in her mother’s memory. On the same Sunday, the minister honored Mrs. Jarvis and all mothers with a special Mother’s Day service. She then began writing to her congressmen, asking them to set aside a day of honor for mothers. That day finally came five years later in the year 1910, when the governor of West Virginia proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, and the following year, every state celebrated this special day, with the official flower of the holiday being the red carnation.

Now as we celebrate Mother’s Day, to those, both living and late, I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day!

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