Did you know that Anna Jarvis, the woman who campaigned for a Mother’s Day, got arrested during a Mother’s Day Festival trying to stop the sale of flowers? She was quoted as saying, “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit.” Did you know that Anna Jarvis’ mother taught Sunday school for over twenty years?
Check out this link and video on the origin of Mother’s Day: http://www.chiff.com/a/mothers-day-history.htm.
Mother’s Day can be a tricky holiday. What can I do to let my mom know that I appreciate her? Most of us are asking that question every year.
And that is the right question. I think every mom would agree that what we want most is to know we are appreciated, that we are loved.
I have been blessed with three beyond amazing kids, well…not really kids anymore but definitely beyond amazing! They all showed me in their own individual way that they appreciate me.
Nonetheless, the appreciation that was most special to me came from my daughter-in-law. Why? Perhaps because I sort of expect my kids to feel appreciation for me, after all, I devoted much of my life trying to be Super Mom. Yes, I’ve failed, no one can be that—but I wish I could be Super Mom. But my daughter-in-law, she could ignore me if she chose to.
But she chose not to, and it was very special for me. We’ve all heard the mother-in-law jokes and snide comments. I would never want to be one of those mother-in-laws.
At the end of the day, or in this case at the end of Mother’s Day, I have the best gift of all, and that is children who appreciate me everyday– Mother’s Day or not.
How was your Mother’s Day? How did you honor your mom? What did your kids do to honor you?