Mothers Day Trumps Fathers Day

Tomorrow  is the annual and well-deserved day to honor our moms, whether they are with us or not. (Mine is not.) We

Mrs Jarvis and daughter Anna

Mrs Jarvis and daughter Anna

owe this day primarily to a lady named  Anna May Jarvis, whose mother died 104 years ago today. After her mom’s death she began a campaign to have a day set aside to honor mothers all over the country. Her tireless efforts bore fruit with west Virginia declaring a state holiday in 1912 and Congress passing a law designating the second Sunday in May as the official day. Congress passed the law on May 8, 1914 and President Wilson made the first Mother’s Day proclamation the following day. It was announced as a day to show the flag and honor mothers whose sons had died in the war.

I remember even as a child the custom of wearing a white carnation if ones mother had died and red  if she was living. This came about due to the fact of Ms Jarvis’ mother preferring carnations. Alas, this custom seem to have largely faded away. Another childhood memory bites  the dust.

One other little tidbit, the Postal Service says that the busiest delivery  day for its trademark Express Mail is on Mother’s Day. Now, having daid all that, I have often wondered why Mother’s Day trumps Father’s Day. And, yes I wondered even before I was a dad. Sentiment, guilt, I wonder. I am certain that Hallmark and the florists would not if the dads day caught up.

Oh well. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, especially those represented in my family. And if you have a mom around, do not forget her!



May 9, 2009 - Posted by | Holidays | , , , ,


  1. I liked your message for Mother’s Day. Remember Mom passing away on Mother’s Day, and 20
    years later had a great grandson born on that date, May 12, 2006. Hope this has been a nice Mother’s Day for Laura and Beth.

    Comment by teddy bear sis | May 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Wow

      I had forgotten the exact day, thanks for reminding me and thanks much for the comment!

      Comment by Tarheeltalker | May 10, 2009 | Reply

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