“MOTHER’S DAY”

 

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Have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day came into being?

The United States celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.  In the 1880s and 1890s there were several attempts to establish a Mother’s Day, but they didn’t succeed beyond the local level.  The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honor one’s mother.  Jarvis wanted to accomplish her mother’s dream of making a celebration for all mothers, although the idea didn’t take off until she enlisted the services of wealthy Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker.  She kept promoting the holiday until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.  The holiday eventually became so highly commercialized that many, including its founder, Anna Jarvis, considered it a “Hallmark Holiday”, i.e. one with an overwhelming commercial purpose.  Jarvis eventually ended up opposing the holiday she had helped to create.  She died in 1948, regretting what had become of her holiday.  In the United States, Mother’s Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like; it is also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls.

Commercialization

Nine years after the first official Mother’s Day, commercialization of the U.S. Holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become and spent all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration.

Later commercial and other exploitations of the use of Mother’s Day infuriated Anna and she made her criticisms explicitly known throughout her time.  She criticized the practice of purchasing greeting cards, which she saw as a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter.  She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother’s Day, and she finally said that she “wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control…”.

Mother’s Day continues to this day to be one of the commercially most successful U.S. occasions.  According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.

For example, according to IBISWorld, a publisher of business research, Americans will spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts–like spa treatments–and another $68 million on greeting cards.

Mother’s Day will generate about 7.8% of the U.S. jewelry industry’s annual revenue, with custom gifts like mother’s rings.

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The history and facts are really boring and do not reflect the feelings I have for this special day.  To me, it is a day to honor our mothers with what I feel they really want.  I believe what mothers really want is to be told, “I love you for who you are and what you mean to me.”  So many times in our lives the most precious things to our heart are the most simple words or actions.

Which of these two will pull at the heartstrings of a mother?  A card picked out by the child, with or without the help of their dad.  A handmade card from school which is created totally from the mind of a child.  I know the answer.  It is the card from the heart of a child and it speaks the truth from their heart. 

I don’t speak against cards, flowers, gifts, or fine dining.  I know what I have always received on Father’s Day…love, honor, and respect.  I know the simple things are longer lasting than grandiose gestures and gifts.  They are longer lasting because they are stored in my heart and can never be taken away.

I believe this is also true of mothers.  Lyndsey will not be with us on Mother’s Day, but I know where her heart is because of the relationship she and Pam have.  That relationship is possible because each of them work at it.  Most of it is natural, but it has to be nurtured to reach the level they experience.  As I hear them visit by phone, or in person, I see that every day is Mother’s Day (even with the ups and downs of life).  Lyndsey is quite creative and seems to always give those very special gifts from her heart that are everlasting.

Don’t take me wrong here.  I am not advocating no flower, dining out, etc.  I will honor my wife and the mother of my child with said gifts, and try to find something that will be meaningful.  I have already planned on something special but I can’t disclose it this early…only on Mother’s Day.  As a husband, I honor her for who she is to Lyndsey and I, because she is the rock that is the core of our home and family.  Most of all, she is a Godly woman and expresses love that can only come from God.

So, this is really what Mother’s Day is all about…to express our love to our wives/mothers and place them on the pedestal they deserve.  The love that I speak of is the love that is only possible through God…again, it is the simple words…”I LOVE YOU.”

 

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One Response to ““MOTHER’S DAY””

  1. pam Says:

    i love you!!!

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