We at BNN would like to wish all the mother’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of celebrating this day. Ann Jarvis started it back in 1908. She got the idea from her mother who had passed away about 3 years earlier.

When Anna was just a child herself she remembered going to Sunday School where her mother was a teacher. At the end of one class she heard her mother say a prayer:

“I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial Mother’s Day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it”.
 
In 1908, Mother’s Day became a fixture in most states.  Within three years it was observed in every state of the Union.  In 1914, Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of May to be a national holiday for mothers.

Anna’s idea for Mother’s Day was to wear a white carnation to honor the Mother’s which started as a tradition. Then it came as a red carnation if one’s Mother was alive and a white one if she was deceased. Anna never married nor did she ever have any children of her own but she wanted to make sure all Mother’s like her own were given the credit for all the work they do as a Mother. Everyone has a Mother and she should be recognized.

In this day and age holidays like this have become so commercial, but it doesn’t always have to be. A simple phone call to say I love you, Mom would get to her heart a lot more than an expensive gift you bought for her.

My Mother use to love a letter personally signed by me or a simple card. She always said if one couldn’t take the time to sign their own card then how was she to feel it from their heart to hers.

The US Census Bureau claims there are over 83 Million mothers in the US alone. That’s a lot of Mother’s and that is not even half of the world that celebrates Mother’s Day.

Jan Barrett

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