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Even Mother’s Day is not without controversy

May 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

Today is the day set aside to give our mothers the royal treatment they deserve, but Mother's Day itself is not without controversy.

The celebration of Mother's Day began May 10, 1908 when a West Virginia daughter decided to honor her late mother by organizing a church service.

Anna M. Jarvis, who never married and was very attached to her mother, Anna Reese Jarvis, is credited with originating the holiday in the United States.

Two years after her mother's death, Miss Jarvis began a letter-writing campaign to gain support of influential ministers, businessmen and congressmen in declaring Mother's Day a holiday.

The first Mother's Day observance was a church service held in Grafton, W.Va. to honor the late Mrs. Jarvis and the first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by West Virginia's governor in 1910.

In later years, however, Miss Jarvis turned against her own creation and even filed a lawsuit in 1923 to halt a Mother's Day festival and was arrested for disturbing the peace a war mothers' convention where women sold white carnations - Miss Jarvis' symbol for mothers.

She felt the day had become too commercialized. "This is not what I intended," she said. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit."

If Miss Jarvis were alive today, she'd be shocked to learn that millions of dollars are spent for everything from flowers and dinners to spa packages and cell phones on Mother's Day. But moms are worth every penny of it.

Despite the proliferation of expensive gifts associated with the day, we believe the holiday has retained its sentiment.

Most mothers are just as touched by the thoughtfulness of a youngster presenting a fresh-picked bouquet of dandelions and a homemade card, as they are by gifts worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Regardless of what you spend, be sure you show Mom your gratitude and appreciation today. After all, where would you be without her?

Happy Mother's Day!

 
 

 

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