May 13, 2012

Mother's Day History, Quotes and the Mother's Day Song

Dotty was born about 20 blocks from the famous Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia where the first big Mother's Day celebration was held in the United States. Dotty is 94 years old this Mother's day and will soon be 95....
Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Anna Marie Jarvis
Mother's Day was first established in the United States by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis on May 9, 1905. She had the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker.

The first official Mother's day took place in 1908. It was celebrated in Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school. It was also celebrated on a larger scale in a large auditorium at the famous Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia. Wanamaker's was one of the first department stores in the United States.

Mother's Day became a recognized holiday on May 8, 1914.

Ironically, Anna Jarvis became an opponent of Mother's Day because she believed it had become too impersonal and too commercialized. She actually spent her entire fortune fighting the commercialization of Mother's Day. She preferred a personal letter to the "greeting card".

Anna Jarvis was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother's Day, and she was quoted as saying,
she wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control.

The sale of greeting cards for Mother's Day ranks third, behind Christmas and Valentine's day.

Happy Mother's Day from Dotty and Bob.

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“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
-- Washington Irving

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”
-- Abraham Lincoln

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
-- Rudyard Kipling

“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.”
-- Pearl S. Buck

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