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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Today is Mother's Day, first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her own mother at a church in Grafton, West Virginia. Jarvis's mother had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and Jarvis campaigned her entire life for a national day to honor all mothers. She wrote letters to anyone who had influence, like President Teddy Roosevelt, former Postmaster General John Wanamaker, and even Mark Twain. Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed an official proclamation declaring Mother's Day a national holiday. It's held on the second Sunday of every May.

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Almost as soon as Wilson signed his proclamation, companies began selling greeting cards, flowers, and gifts. Jarvis felt handwritten letters could express love more honestly than greeting cards, and she filed numerous lawsuits against card companies like Hallmark.

Anna Jarvis lived the last years of her life in a nursing home, nearly blind, and almost penniless. On her wall was a letter with a $1.00 bill sewn to it. The letter read: "I am 6 years old and I love my mother very much. I am sending this to you because you started Mother's Day."

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For all those Mothers - biological, selected by circumstance, whatever - gratitude and love.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-14 08:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Especially mothers who maintain a slender physique while continuing to wear yoga pants and having massive cans at the same time. Yes, gratitude and thanks.

#2 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2017-05-14 08:33 AM | Reply

I wish I could.

#3 | Posted by Grendel at 2017-05-14 10:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

As a cybernetic organism sent back from the future I feel very left out today.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-05-14 12:07 PM | Reply

And to all the Dads out here holding down the fort being both a Mom & Dad. To the Aunts, Uncles and grandparents raising someone else's child(ren). To the Moms in heaven and on earth. To the Moms that only held their child in the womb or for just a few moments. To the ones who choose to have pets to love dearly. To the Mom's that adopted their child.

Times have changed and so has the definition of a Mom and a Dad. Celebrate not only the one that gave you life but the one's that made a difference in your as well. I called several people this morning!

#5 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-05-14 12:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

(Ring, ring)

Kudzu; mom, it's me.

Mom; 'How'd you get this number?

BTW, my mom thinks those kinds of jokes are very funny.

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-14 12:27 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-14 12:27 PM | Reply

My mom used to leave long messages on my answering machine, about what she and dad had done, what parties they'd been to and what was served, and what my brothers were doing, and what my sister was doing...on and on. Then at the end, she'd say..."Oh...it's mom" as if I'd had no idea to that point.

She passed 25 years ago on Christmas Day. I miss her every day.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-14 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Like Grendel, my mom has passed. However, I did record her last call....

"Mom" - 5/11/2013

www.youtube.com

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-14 12:36 PM | Reply

#8 My youngest will be 21 in July. Every phone call begins with hey Mom it's me ____.

#10 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-05-14 12:42 PM | Reply

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My mom is 87. She's still in good health, get's around, goes to church, drives.

She is starting to show first signs of alheimers, but it's small yet

Last week we were at a funeral and my mother meant to say, 'shall we go back to our car', but she said, 'shall we go back to our grave'?

I had a good laugh at her expense. She's a great mom and a good friend.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-14 12:50 PM | Reply

#10 - mine goes like this.

Mom it's me.

She knows who it is, i was the smart sneaky kid. But, she sometimes looses the name.

'Oh. Hi, bob, i mean bill, john, george, ralph, rutabaga...

It's kudzu.

I know that. How is susann?

I wouldn't know, that's my brothers wife. Do you think i have a chance wuth her?

Not with the way you treat your mother.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-14 12:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

My Mother died over forty years ago, and there isn't a day I don't think of her with love, gratitude, joy, sadness, and amazement.

#13 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-14 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

just as depicted with one death in 'saving private ryan'....one of the most common last words is

'momma'.....

".While it is often said that we inherit at least half of our genes from our fathers, the nurturing care of our mothers, her flesh and blood literally give us life.

And so, it is no wonder that we return to our mothers again and again during life."

#14 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-14 01:32 PM | Reply

Gosh, all y'all remind me that my parents are mortal.. I made a road trip south to give the parents a surprise visit to commemorate the day.

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-05-14 02:15 PM | Reply

#15

A visit, call, card, encouraging word, expressions of love will be well received.

#16 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-14 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Gosh, all y'all remind me that my parents are mortal.. I made a road trip south to give the parents a surprise visit to commemorate the day.

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92

Your mother doesn't pretend you're not her kid?

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-14 02:37 PM | Reply

I wish I could.

#3 | Posted by Grendel at 2017-05-14 10:59 AM

Me to really badly, I miss her terribly much.

well hell now I am sad

#18 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-05-14 08:02 PM | Reply

"My Mother died over forty years ago, and there isn't a day I don't think of her with love, gratitude, joy, sadness, and amazement."

Me too Doc, I keep track of how many years by the age of my oldest daughter. My Mom died the year before she was born and that would have been her first grandchild. It makes me so sad every time I remember it. She had spoken to me not long before her death about her great desire to have grandchildren. I have always believed that had my daughter been born a little sooner she would have lived longer. One of my biggest sadnesses in my life. My Dad who didn't want to have anything to do with me, reconsidered when I had a daughter and we actually became quite close because he loved that granddaughter so much. She was 5 when he too passed but at least he got to enjoy her for a few years. Mothers day is so emotional for me, I miss her so much.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 09:51 PM | Reply

So, today, I watched Mom movies including "BAD MOMS." Hilarious! I recommend it.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 09:54 PM | Reply

Your mother doesn't pretend you're not her kid?
#17 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

Nice....

#21 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-14 10:08 PM | Reply

"And to all the Dads out here holding down the fort being both a Mom & Dad. To the Aunts, Uncles and grandparents raising someone else's child(ren)."

Newsworthy wasn't storg enough to approve your post! I personally know a few parents who might not technically qualify as "moms" but they are doing the job of "moms." Glad someone acknowledges them because the so deserve it.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 10:24 PM | Reply

Wished I could. I wonder at times would she accept me now or not. Sighhhhhhhhhh

#23 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-14 10:31 PM | Reply

She would Laura, believe it. People lose their prejudices etc. after death. I believe my mom would have embraced her lesbian daughter, but probably not during her life here on Earth. And I believe she does today. Your mom is too.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 10:36 PM | Reply

To be honest though, I never came out to her so she never had the chance to accept me. That's my bad.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 10:37 PM | Reply

She would Laura, believe it. People lose their prejudices etc. after death. I believe my mom would have embraced her lesbian daughter, but probably not during her life here on Earth. And I believe she does today. Your mom is too.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-14 10:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd hope so. My dad seems to understand or is tolerant of the subject matter. Love you Danni.

#26 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-14 10:59 PM | Reply

#19

Your experience with your Dad mirrors my own. Not until after my Mom died did we become close. She would've liked that.

#27 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-15 08:10 AM | Reply

It was my first Mother's Day without Mom. I'm glad I had an awesome mom, It made yesterday a day full of the greatest memories.

#28 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-05-15 04:25 PM | Reply

I wasn't aware you lost your mom, Lfthndthrds.

My sincerest condolences.

#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-15 04:33 PM | Reply

Thank you. It was last May.

#30 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-05-15 04:49 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

#31 | Posted by Tor at 2017-05-15 08:56 PM | Reply

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