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Mama Tried

05.12.19 | by Dr. Dale Wicker

    The history of Mother’s Day is interesting, as are most mothers themselves.  I mean that last part in the most complimentary of ways.

    Mothers are unique and different, to say the least.  Some are exuberant and expressive, others reserved and a little shy.

    But you knew all that.

    What you may not have known about Mother’s Day is that it officially started in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the official decree and designated the Sunday upon which it would be observed.

    Anna Jarvis advocated for this special day and worked tirelessly to get such enacted and practiced.  She loved her own mom and honored her in life and    after her passing.  She evidently thought such a sentiment ought to be expressed by other children and considered it to be healthy and necessary.

    Here’s the interesting part:  As the observance grew in popularity, Anna Jarvis noticed a great surge in the  commerce associate with it (Note:  Hallmark first started selling Mother’s Day cards in the 1920’s).

    She was so upset by this that she actually organized a boycott of Mother’s Day, saying, I guess, that money and mothers don’t go together.

    I hope you got your mom a gift.  A hand-made card might be your best option.  Or a new car.