WHY WE CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY
In 1911, Anna Jarvis successfully lobbied the U.S Congress to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. Her own mother was an activist who advocated for peace during the Civil War. After the death of her mother, Anna lobbied for a national holiday to all mothers. Every second Sunday in May, we set this day aside to celebrate the women who endured pregnancy, labor, childbirth, childhood, and those eagerly anticipated teenage years.
Mothers are incomparable beings. They’re the first person to love us, the first to nurture us, and the first to encourage us. They give up a portion of their bodies to our own growth and development. Mothers welcome us into the world and help us find our way from birth on. That’s why we choose this day in May to celebrate moms and show our appreciation for all the sacrifices they make. Think back to your childhood. As you prepared to dress each day, you probably reached for a clean pair of socks never thinking of the washing, drying and folding process that went into keeping your sock drawer full of clean, mated socks. Mothers don’t always receive credit for the many thankless, often invisible, jobs they do every day. From potty training, to meal prep, to laundry: the list is endless.
Finally, the goal of most moms is to raise their children to become self-sufficient, hardworking, productive citizens. The goal of their children should be to shower them with gratitude in celebration of a love that goes deeper than we can imagine, and lasts longer than time itself.
Although we can, and should, celebrate mothers every day, having a designated day to do so reminds us to express our gratitude for the woman who has done more for us than anyone else in the world. This year, as you celebrate Mother’s Day on May 14th, remember that it is a holiday born out of love, respect and admiration for the women who have made a difference in the life of their children, and their loved ones. What is your favorite memory with your mother?