This year, Mother’s Day in the U.S. falls on May 14. Some look forward to this day as a time to honor a beloved mother. Others have less fond memories of their mothers, and for some, whose mothers are gone the holiday reminds them of that loss. Regardless, this is the day set aside to remember our mothers.
According to history.com, “Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as ‘Mothering Sunday.’” It traditionally falls on the fourth Sunday of lent, and the mother originally meant is the mother church (or Mary, the mother of Jesus) when people returned to church for Easter. It still is celebrated on this date in the UK and Ireland but is now much more in tone like the U.S. Mother’s Day.
In the U.S. Julia Ward Howe tried to start a Mother’s Day. In 1870, she wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe crusaded for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2. It didn’t go anywhere.
Anna Jarvis organized a day to honor mothers in 1908. She began campaigning for it to become an official holiday because she felt that holidays were biased towards male achievements. Woodrow Wilson signed the papers to make the second Sunday in May an official holiday in 1914.
Jarvis had conceived this holiday as a time for families to attend church together, or to visit ones mother. But of course, florists and card makers jumped on the holiday, and soon it was a big day for them. This disgusted Jarvis, who tried to uncommercialize the day to absolutely no success.
Quotes about mothers
But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.–Mitch Albom
Did you ever meet a mother who’s complained that her child phoned her too often? Me neither.–Maureen Lipman
God could not be everywhere, so He made mothers.–Jewish Proverb
I love old mothers–mothers with white hair
And kindly eyes, and lips grown softly sweet
With murmured blessings over sleeping babes.–Charles S. Ross
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.–Eleanor Roosevelt
In the years since I began following the ways of my grandmothers, I have come to value the teachings, stories, and daily examples of living which they shared with me. I pity the younger girls f the future who will miss out on meeting some of these fine old women.–Beverly Hungry Wolf
A mother is never cocky or proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.–Mary Kay Blakeley
A mother’s example sketches the outline of her child’s character.–Mrs. H. O. Ward
There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.-—Jill Churchill
Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.–Lisa Alther
The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children. –Nancy Friday
I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall be visited on their children, as well as the sins of their fathers.–Charles Dickens
It’s easy to pick children whose mothers are good housekeepers; they are usually found in other yards.—Anonymous
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