Sunday, May 9, 2010
Happy Mother's Day!
Ann Jarvis of West Virginia also pushed for a national day to honour mothers. On the second anniversary of her mother’s death, Jarvis asked her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate a day to honour mothers. Her mother had died on the second Sunday in May. The church obliged and the following year, the city of Philadelphia joined in the celebration. Thanks to a campaign by Jarvis and her supporters, by 1911 almost every state in the USA celebrated Mother’s Day.
Other countries also celebrate Mother’s Day, but some on different days. In England, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Years ago, when I was studying in Europe, a classmate and I discovered that folks in that country were going to celebrate Mother’s Day. We rushed to the card shop, got the cards, airmailed them back to Canada and telephoned (an expensive proposition) to cover the bases … only to discover Mother’s Day was a few weeks down the road back home.
Anyway, if you’re a mom on this day, Happy Mother’s Day!