Did you know Mother’s Day was originally meant to celebrate just one person? In 1905, Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her own mother, who died that year. Mama Jarvis, or Anna Reeves Jarvis, took care of injured soldiers during the Civil War – on both sides of the line. After the war ended, she organized a “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” which worked at bringing together and healing the rift between former Confederate and Union soldiers by having them get together – with their mothers.
The daughter worked to get the day officially recognized. In 1908, she held a public memorial for Mama Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia. It was the first big celebration for Mother’s Day. The idea gained momentum, and, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday of May the official celebration of Mother’s Day.
This year, mothers around the world will be spending the day in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some will be surrounded by their kids who have been home from school for the past couple of months. Some moms are struggling to put food on the table after months without work. And some moms are essential employees, working on the “front lines,” of the pandemic.
This day, let us celebrate the brave moms – like Mama Jarvis – who have changed our way of life for the better.
Happy Mother’s Day!