Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day Wishes

Happy Mother’s Day

nesting robin

robin nest in pine







Here are three women credited with the observance of Mother’s Day in the U.S.

In the 1870s, Julia Ward Howe, who wrote The Battle Hymn of thejulia ward howe Republic, was distraught by deaths from the Civil War. She called on mothers to unite to protest their sons killing other sons. Howe suggested an international celebration of peace and proposed converting July 4 as a day to celebrate motherhood. Instead, June 2 was chosen and in 1873 women’s groups in 18 U.S. cities observed the holiday. Howe initially paid for many celebrations; most ended when she stopped funding them, except Boston Massachusetts, which celebrated the holiday for 10 more years.

Howe had been influenced by the work of Anna Reeves Jarvis, whoanna reeves jarvis after the Civil war ended in 1858, was organizing women in the Appalachia area of West Virginia to to work for better sanitary conditions through what she called Mothers Friendship Clubs. In 1868, she began working to reconcile north and south neighbors and is credited with saving many lives by teaching women the basics of nursing and sanitation.

anna marie jarvisHer daughter, Anna M. Jarvis campaigned to memorialize her mother’s  work and lobbied prominent businessmen and politicians to create a special day to honor all mothers. In 1908, at a West Virginia church service celebrating mothers, she handed out her mother's favorite flower, the white carnation. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday. It was first celebrated by church attendance, letter writing, and later by cards, presents, and flowers. Anna Jarvis believed that the day's sentiment was lost with commercialization. In 1923, she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival and before she died in 1948, Jarvis is said to have regretted starting the national celebration.


Pat transplanted to MN said...

Nice history, I recalled Julia Ward Howe but did not know about Jarvis. Spring is finally here...and off we go.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Interesting history lesson!
Mothers day here isn´t celebrated until the last sunday in this month.

Have a great day!

HermitJim said...

I did a post about this last year! Very interesting history behind the holiday, for sure!

Happy Mothers Day to all your readers that fall into that category!

Sandra said...

thanks for the flowers, and i am soooo glad i did NOT live way back when these women did all they did so we can be all we are.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Christer, glad to share the background as I learn something myself everytime. Thanks for the info on Mother's Day in Sweden. (Check out HermitJim's blog today for a Swedish story.)

HermitJim, think I have missed your post last year. I agree with Ms. Jarvis about the sad commercilization of this and so many other holidays. Christmas, Easter, July 4th, Halloween...the list is endless. Seems folks don't know how to celebrate quietly and without spending lots of $.

Hi Pat & Sandra, Happy Mother's Day to you both. The flowers were the leats I could send you Sandra as you post so many lovely ones for all of us.

Elaine said...

Cute pics of the mamas in waiting!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Elaine, hope you had a great day!

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