Mother's Day was created by a woman named Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor their mother. She was very specific about the placement of the apostrophe, because she wanted individual mothers to be honored and not a collective celebration for all mother. This holiday is pretty modern and not to be confused with the early pagan and christian holidays honoring mothers.
When Anna's own mother died she held a memorial for her two years after her death and embarked upon a campaign to make Mother's Day a holiday. In 1914, Anna Jarvis succeeded in making Mother's Day a national holiday. There is a shrine, The International Mother's Day Shrine, built in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna moved to as a child, in commemoration of her efforts.
By the 1920's Anna and her sister Ellsinore became so sour on the commercialization of the holiday, that they spent their inheritance fighting against the holiday, and they died in poverty.
She became embittered because too many people were sending their mother greeting cards and boxes of candy that they often ate themselves. She thought this all was too impersonal.
We have made most holidays really commercial and impersonal.
Today I want to honor my own mother. She has always been there for me even when there were times I didn't think she was, she was lurking in the background, forcing me to stand on my own two feet. We have grown closer over the years and for that I am eternally grateful. I want her to know that I love her dearly and truly appreciate who she is and what she has been in my life. She is not perfect but she is Mine. She is perfect in my eyes.
Thank you Mom !
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