Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day Turns 100 This Year , according to Brian Handwerk of the National Geographic. But it hasn’t always been as we know it today, quite commercialized, with cut flowers, or big restaurant meals, or even manicures & pedicures.
It started in the 1850s when West Virginia women’s organizer Ann Reeves Jarvis held Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions and try to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination. Groups also tended wounded soldiers from both sides during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
Following Ann Reeve’s death, her daughter Anne was inspired to organize the first Mother’s Day observances in 1908. Largely through Jarvis’s efforts, Mother’s Day came to be observed in a growing number of cities and states until U.S. President Woodrow Wilson then officially set aside the second Sunday in May in 1914 for the holiday.
Today, Mother’s day is highly commercial; one of the things Anne Reeve detested and rallied against most of her days. But in most homes, Moms just love to be sat down and looked after. Given a bit of a break from her normal duties, and spoiled just this once … so we know what she goes through each and every day, “for us.'”
Looking for ideas? Here are a bunch you can pick from: