When I was younger I used to think Mother’s Day was a stupid holiday that Hallmark invented to increase greeting card sales. I mean, we celebrated our mothers on their birthdays, why did they need a day that was dedicated to celebrating motherhood?
As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve begun to change my views on this day. Though I’m not a mother myself, I know many women my age who are, and when I see how hard they work to raise their kids, I understand why Mother’s Day was created. Not to mention, even though my own mother is gone, I still think of her, especially on Mother’s Day.
I also decided to look up the history of Mother’s day, and I found a few interesting facts:
- Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. That church now has the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s day a recognized holiday in the United States started in 1905, when her own mother died. Her mother had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started, and to set aside a day to recognize all mothers because she believed they were the people that had done more for others than anyone in the world.
- In 1908, Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s day a National Holiday — they joked that they would also have to create a “Mother-in-Law’s Day.” By 1911 however, all states observed the holiday — some of them even made it in official holiday.
- In 1910, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that declared Mother’s day a national holiday to be recognized the second Sunday in May.
So to those of you who are mothers, whether you’re still raising your children, or your children are grown, happy Mother’s Day. Enjoy your day, you have one of the hardest jobs of all.