Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! Have you ever done what Tenneva Jordan explains, "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." I remember seeing my mom do this one evening when a couple extra friends stayed for dinner. Good ole Mom watched each of us kids dig in to the plate of crispy fried chicken. After all of us - and our dinner friends - had our fill, Mom took the remaining piece. I know she didn't get satisfied or full on that one scrawny left-over wing but, it impressed me later to realize she was giving the best to her children.

What are you doing for Mother's Day this May 9th? I'm not sure what my three kids have up their sleeve for me but, I have asked all to join me at church. At least we can start our day sitting together in the pew.

Here's some Mother's Day history:
Our first North American Mother’s Day was "birthed" by Julia Ward Howe’s in 1870. Despite having written The Battle Hymn of the Republic (my own mom's fav song) years earlier, Howe had become distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War and called on mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of mothers. She called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood.

June 2nd was eventually designated for the Mother's Day celebration.

In 1873 women’s groups in 18 cities observed this new Mother’s holiday. Howe planted the seed that would blossom into what we know as Mother’s Day today.

A West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the group held a Mother’s Friendship Day.

After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mom and in honor of peace.

In 1908, Anna petitioned the superintendent of the church where her Mother had spent over 20 years teaching Sunday School. Her request was honored, and on May 10, 1908, the first official Mother's Day celebration took place at Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, WV and a church in Philadelphia, PA. 

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