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

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Results 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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    Rainer
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    Christina Lackey
    Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - North Syracuse, NY
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    May all the critics who say that mother's day is a Hallmark Holiday read this one!
    May 12, 2007 07:43 AM #1
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
    REMAX Results - White Bear Lake, MN
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    Christina--I was surprised as I checked out the history of this day...Not just for commercialism. It is an official day to honor moms everywhere. Thanks for your comments.
    May 12, 2007 07:58 AM #2
    Rainer
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    Danny Smith
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    Good Post Teri, I never stopped to think about how long we've been celebrating it although over a 100 years would not have surprised me. I do wonder how old Hallmark is! Ha!
    May 12, 2007 08:06 AM #3
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Danny--Commercialism is everywhere so it is easy to forget where the true meaning of a holiday is. Thanks for your comments. :)
    May 12, 2007 08:14 AM #4
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    Jason Sardi
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    I wasn't aware of the history behind the holiday before I read your post Teri.  While I lump Mother's Day in with Valentine's Day in that if you love somebody, everyday should be a celebration to them, it is important we recognize the special people in our lives as a country.  Thanks for the info Teri.  Gold Star & Flagged Post for your effort & recognition!
    May 12, 2007 12:10 PM #5
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    Thesa Chambers
    Alpine Real Estate - Bend, OR
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    wow and I thought it was a Hallmark Holiday - I have never enjoyed Mother's day - maybe now I will have another take on it.
    May 12, 2007 02:24 PM #6
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Jason--Glad you enjoyed the post! And appreciate you flagging for a gold star!
    May 12, 2007 05:18 PM #7
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Thesa--I thought so too--We don't really celebrate it either other than to buy flowering baskets for the garden and everyone is nice to me! :) But I am usually working anyway...It's a Sunday--Busy day for us Realtors!
    May 12, 2007 05:24 PM #8
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    Alexander Harb
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    Nice post, sis...great links!!!

    I will bookmark this one!!

    =-)

    May 13, 2007 08:51 AM #9
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Thanks Alexander! I appreciate your comments!
    May 13, 2007 11:21 AM #10
    Rainer
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    Carol Grubb
    Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
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    Nice post, Teri. I have never heard the story of Anna Jarvis and Mothers Day. It does give the day even a more special meaning.  Thank you.
    May 13, 2007 07:27 PM #11
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Carol--I had not heard of it before this year either...What a nice history to the day. Hope that you had a wonderful day! :)
    May 13, 2007 07:50 PM #12
    Rainer
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    Victoria Frieberg
    Rush Point Realty LLC, Victoria Frieberg, broker - Rush City, MN
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    You are just plain amazing with your information!  Do you sleep?!  Love your posts, now get up here and sell a couple of my listings, won't you!?
    May 14, 2007 08:36 AM #13
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Victoria--LOL! Thanks for your comments!
    May 14, 2007 08:42 AM #14
    Rainer
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    Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
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    Teri-

    Great information, thanks for posting such a lovely message

    May 14, 2007 03:24 PM #15
    Rainmaker
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    Teri Eckholm
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    Alecia--You are very welcome! :)
    May 14, 2007 04:09 PM #16
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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 #17
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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 #18
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