Happy Mother’s Day

Today is that special day when we set aside to salute and honor our mother’s, who have the toughest, most thankless jobs in the world. Imagine a world without them to make the thorny path easier.

Mother’s Day has a long history in this country, dating back to Ann Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother, Anna, who had cared for the wounded on both sides in the Civil War and was active in her church. She had created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

The first state to recognize Mother’s Day was West Virginia, in 1910, and Woodrow Wilson in 1914 proclaimed as a national holiday Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May.

Jarvis later organized protests and boycotts because companies, in her view, were commercializing the holiday.

As we go about our day today, taking our mothers and loved ones to brunches or dinners or doing something special for them around the house, let us remember what they do for us, how they have made our lives better. For those of us who have lost ours, let us take a moment to remember.

And be thankful.

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