Celebrate 100 Years of Mothers: "Made From The Heart"
2014 marks the official 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day in America! The original intention of the founders for a Mother’s day celebration was to show appreciation and honor for mother by writing a personal letter by hand, expressing love and gratitude in a thoughtful, personal way. I agree this is the way it should be. Some of the best things I have ever received are from my children in the form of hand made cards with cute notes or small crafts they made in school. These unique treasures are keepsakes that can never be duplicated. One of my favorites from about 15 years ago is a heart shaped balsa wood box decorated with sequins and glitter. It’s been used for all those years to put loose change in for the kids “lunch money” box. Another one that puts a smile on my face is a handmade card that states; "Mom, you rock, from your ossome son" The mis-pelling, pure and innocent message straight comes from the heart.
Now, even though the kids have grown, these still serve as a fond remembrance for me to celebrate my children and the wonderful people they have become. People all around the world take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers appreciate and thank them for all their love and support. Mother’s do also take this day to reflect on their children and appreciate their love and support as well.
The celebration of the Mother's day as we know it in America began in the early 20th century and is the result of works from two great woman named Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jervis. Julia Ward Howe, who as an activist, writer and poet was the first to suggest the idea of an official celebration of the Mother's Day, In her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870 she wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war. Suggesting a day of honor for Mothers, she was relentless in driving campaigns for her idea and official day later spread.
Anna Jarvis, is considered to be the founder of the celebration in the US. She was an activist, inspired by her own mother Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, who wanted to see the existence of Mother's Day. After much lobbying, campaigns and awareness programs, the hard work of these women paid off and by 1911, almost all the United States celebrated Mother's day. On 8 May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official and signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
I found it interesting to read that Jarvis devoted her life to this cause and did not do this for any personal financial gain. She actually was appalled to see the how quickly capitalism occurred surrounding the holiday with people selling commercial goods that clouded their original intention. It has truly become a “Hallmark” holiday with that company reporting Mother’s day as one of their top selling holidays for greeting cards, right up there with Christmas and Valentines Day. Jarvis died penniless in an institution as a result of her passion to make this happen. She could have profited, but did not. I wonder what she would think of what is happening these days with so many forms of mass marketing by companies. And how she would feel about kids sending an electronic text to mom? Why not think about making something from the heart for your mom this year? It can be a hand craft, breakfast or just simply make a phone call.
We often do not truly appreciate people until they are gone. So, in honor of Anna Jarvis and all mothers that went before us, SNC will not make any Mother’s Day promotion on our website to entice sales this year. Instead, will make a special donation to JDRF in their name. We send out our heartfelt wishes to each and every Mom. Enjoy your day!