Sunday, May 13, 2012
"Mother and Child Reunion" ~ Paul Simon
Desktop Nexus: Wallpapers > People Wallpapers > Other WallpaperWhy the Inventor of Mother's Day Would Hate Mother's Day.By Kirsten Salyer
This year, consumers are expected to spend $18.6 billion on Mother's Day, an increase of 8 percent from last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. The holiday is a major boon to confectioners, card makers, florists and the restaurant industry. And it's certainly popular among moms: The average consumer expects to spend more than $150 on them this year.
The woman who invented Mother's Day would be livid.
Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official national holiday in the early 1900s to commemorate her mother, who had organized "Mother's Friendship Days" to bring together moms who had been on opposing sides of the Civil War. She was following a tradition started by the poet Julia Ward Howe, who called for women to promote disarmament and peace in her Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870.
Jarvis's petitioning paid off in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day a national holiday to be celebrated the second Sunday of May. He called for a "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country," according to the New York Times.
Four years later, Wilson's Mother's Day address had a more somber tone. He reminded the nation of the "patriotic sacrifices" from mothers who had sent sons to fight in World War I. More than 500,000 American soldiers stationed in France pinned white flowers to their uniforms to honor their mothers...Continue reading....The History of Mother's Day