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For the Love of Moms

May 10, 2013

MothersDay-310x185Anna Jarvis had the kind of mom who was always thinking of others. Anna’s mom, Ann, founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs, a group that served surrounding communities by improving health conditions and helping wounded soldiers.

In 1907, two years after Ann died, Anna recalled her mother’s wish: “I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.” So, in honor of her mom, Anna launched a campaign to make Mother’s Day a national holiday. In 1914, she succeeded when President Woodrow Wilson signed the order.

Founding a national holiday is certainly one spectacular Mother’s Day gift, but what Anna most wanted was for moms to simply be appreciated. So, this year, be thoughtful and really take time to be thankful for your mother.

You don’t have to spend money on Mother’s Day to show you care—just let your mother know that you’re happy, and the many ways she’s the reason for your happiness. Make her a card that lists the special things you love most about her, and all the ways, big and small, that she’s made your life as good as it is. Or you might write her a poem or a song, collect a bouquet of flowers from a field, or bake her some cookies.

Take this time to also thank the other “mother types” in your life, such as your grandmother, godmother, aunts, and other women who are loving and kind. All moms are the stars this Sunday, so even the simple moments you spend with them will make a difference.

George Washington once said, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.”

It’s inspiring to realize that we can feel this way about our mothers, and that we have this holiday to show our appreciation.