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Mother's Day: A day of sentiment, not profit

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By Kay Kerbyson

How did Mother’s Day begin? Well you would be forgiven for thinking it was a business ploy to sell off all the cute fluffy toys that didn’t get sold on Valentines and Easter.

But in essence, Mother’s Day goes back as far as ancient Greece and Roman times, as a day of appreciation. The most modern version of the day started in England as Mothering Sunday, a day when workers were allowed time to visit their mothers, as well as attending church. In America, the early English settlers often disapproved of secular holidays and the idea never really took off, until Anna Jarvis lobbied for an official mother’s day to honor her mother’s death in 1905.

 She devoted her entire life to its foundation, and in the end was reputed to have regretted it. She was arrested at a mother’s day festival trying to stop women selling flowers. She wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit.

Mother’s Day may not have turned out how Anna Jarvis imagined it, but it is a celebration of mothers, honoring the women who give unconditionally to their families, without asking for anything in return, well maybe except for an IPad, a Vitamixer, chocolates, flowers, chocolates again, and countless other presents that would make me a cool, but not so slim, mom.


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