Happy Mother's Day!--Understanding the Meaning Behind the Message

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Specialists Minnesota License#90858

Wishing someone a "Happy Mother's Day" has a deeper meaning than to just have a joyous day. Sharing these three words with your mom, Grandma, stepmom or other person is a way to say, "thank you", "I honor you", "I respect you", and "I love you." It is about putting a mom's happiness first for the day.

In the United States we have been honoring mothers for over ninety years on the second Sunday in May. Credit for the holiday is attributed to Anna Jarvis, who spend much of her lifetime promoting this special day to honor her own mother, Ann Jarvis. She was inspired by her mother's dedication to her eleven children.

On the second anniversary of her mother's death which fell on the second Sunday in May, Anna Jarvis worked with her Mother's church in West Virginia to create a celebration for all mothers. She decorated the church with her mother's favorite flowers, white carnations which were symbolic of her mother's love; full of sweetness, purity and endurance. Carnations still are used today in Mother's Day celebrations. Red carnations are symbolic of mom's who are living and the white flowers memorialize the ones who have passed away.

This first Mother's Day was such a success that support grew for Anna Jarvis. She recruited a team of supporters to write politicians, congressmen and ministers throughout the U.S. In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother's Day as a holiday. The following year almost every state observed the day to honor mothers as well. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May as the holiday: Mother's Day.

In the past 90 years though families have changed and there are many more "mothering" people to be honored, one thing has stayed the same. This day is for remembering and honoring mom's for all of the good they do and the love they share. Happy Mother's Day!

Fun Mother's Day Links:

  • The Mother of Mother's Day
  • MD 4 Kids
  • Certificates
  • Top Ten
  • Super Moms
  • On Motherhood
  • Moms in Life
  • "MomBeck"
  • The Working Mom
  • Poems and Prose
  • By the Numbers
  • Mother Nature
  • Mothers Acting Up
  • Mothers in Movies
  • Mommy Dearest
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    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Victoria--LOL! Thanks for your comments!
    May 14, 2007 08:42 AM
    Rainer
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    Teri-

    Great information, thanks for posting such a lovely message

    May 14, 2007 03:24 PM
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Alecia--You are very welcome! :)
    May 14, 2007 04:09 PM
    Rainer
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    Michelle Rosser
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    Teri, another great post, now I know the history of this special day. I hope you had a Good Mother's day. Every Mother's day is special for me because I am so thankful to be a mother.
    May 14, 2007 11:33 PM
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Michelle--I had a wonderful Mother's Day! And I am glad that you had a special one as well! :) Thanks for your comments.
    May 15, 2007 03:40 PM
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