2014-05-09 / Columnists

Slice of Life

Mother Of All Holidays
By Beth Hanning

If you Google search the history of Mother’s Day a very interesting fact event comes up on a website called NWHP.org. NWHP stands for National Women’s History Project. On this website and the link for the history of Mother’s Day it begins with a question asking how many people could accurately state the history of Mother’s Day. It then has three choices to decide. The first one is:

“In 1858, when Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker, organized ‘Mother’s Work Days’ she did so to improve the sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and seepage of polluted water.”

I at first thought this could not be the answer but according to this website it is part of the reason we have Mother’s Day. When Anna Jarvis died her daughter campaigned Congress to pass a Mother’s day resolution to honor her activism.

I honestly thought that when I Google searched the event that I would find that Hallmark created the holiday or that the flower industry brought the idea to Congress. I was pleasantly surprised that the history of the day was to actually honor the contributions of women. How am I this old and I have never heard of Anna Jarvis?

Now this should not lead my husband and other husbands to believe that the commercial aspect of Mother’s

Day is a negative aspect. Husbands I hope you have a relaxing day planned and some sort of present for the mothers of your children.

In my holiday column in December I mentioned a few ideas: gift cards to salons, spas and a night out to name a few. (I recently used my Christmas gift card for a facial at Nicole Frontera Beauty and it was fabulous.)

When my children were young I always enjoyed receiving the homemade gifts. I always loved the girls’ honesty when writing a poem or a paragraph about why I am the greatest mother. One year many years ago I received a decorated paragraph about why I was the “coolest mother.” The reason was because I listened to Z100 radio station. Now I tell them the radio is too loud so I probably will not be receiving that prose this year.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, and also to all the people who act as mothers to people who need them. A special shout out to my Aunt Mary, I do not know what we all would do without her!

***I want to thank my editor Kevin Boyle for giving me the opportunity to write this column. If it were not for Kevin I would never have had this opportunity. I wish him luck in his future endeavors. I am going to miss the witty “Boyling Points” and my equally witty column titles. ***

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