May 14, 2017

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

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day was first established in the United States by Anna Marie Jarvis. Mother's Day became a recognized holiday on May 8, 1914.

My mother, 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.

The first official Mother's Day was celebrated in Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school.

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  • 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".

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

“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

Happy Mother's Day Mom

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