MOTHER'S DAY HISTORY  
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Motherhood, The Second Oldest Profession

~ Erma Bombeck
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
- Mark Twain

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.

~Erma Bombeck
Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. 
~Ambrose Bierce
MOTHER'S DAY is just around the corner on Sunday May 14th!  Surprise your mother, grandmother, wife and sister with wonderful, thoughtful gifts, shipped right to their door with a gift card and optional wrapping.

Without you mother, WHERE would you be? I shudder to think!

Mother's Day History

Contrary to popular belief, Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, "I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother's day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers."

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna's mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother's favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother's Day. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother's group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition.

Despite Jarvis's misgivings, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers
Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too. 
~Lionel Kauffman

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
-Author Unknown

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. 
~Mildred B. Vermont

"They say God cannot be everywhere thats why he created mothers"
- unknown

"Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother."
-Anonymous

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."
~Lin Yutang
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
~Jewish Proverb
When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality.
It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

Erma Bombeck

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