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Anna Jarvis, who conceived the idea of a special tribute to mothers, is shown in 1928 at a unknown location. Jarvis began a crusade for a national holiday to honor mothers in 1907 after the second anniversary of her mother’s death. Her campaign resulted in a Congressional resolution in 1914, signed by President Woodrow Wilson, proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. (AP Photo)

The only thing better than the sweet and sentimental Mother’s Day is its radical feminist history steeped in religious values.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day is the result of years of women’s activismthat coincided with other women’s movements — like women’s suffrage and labor movements — around the turn of the 20th century.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, West Virginian Ann Reeves Jarvis began organizing ‘Mothers’ Day Work Clubs’ to help improve health and sanitation through women’s education. Around this time, Boston poet and suffragette Julia Ward Howe also published “A Mother’s Day Proclamation“, which began:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

…From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.

Also an advocate for peace, Jarvis spent the Civil War years treating wounded soldiers and after the war threw herself into her faith by teaching Sunday School in the final decades of her life.

Jarvis’ daughter, Anna, recalled hearing her mother speak at Sunday school. Anna reportedly recalled her mother’s prayer to be:

“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Following her mother’s death in 1905, the younger Jarvis began petitioning for a national holiday in celebration of mothers everywhere. She sent letters to President William Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt, enlisted financial help from Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker and organized her own Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Author Diana Butler Bass describes the key role religious groups played in supporting Jarvis’ efforts:

In May 1907, Anna Jarvis, a member of a Methodist congregation in Grafton, West Virginia, passed out 500 white carnations in church to commemorate the life of her mother. One year later, the same Methodist church created a special service to honor mothers. Many progressive and liberal Christian organizations — like the YMCA and the World Sunday School Association — picked up the cause and lobbied Congress to make Mother’s Day a national holiday. And, in 1914, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson made it official and signed Mother’s Day into law. Thus began the modern celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States.

The Mother’s Day custom reportedly spread to churches around the country before lawmakers got the hint and passed a resolution to make it a national holiday in 1914.

That makes May 11, 2014 the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day! So send your mothers, grandmothers, aunts and mother-friends some love and take a moment to honor the pioneering women who made this day a reality.

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The saying goes that when Mom is happy, everyone’s happy. But in this busy world, where the ultimate luxury may be a full night’s sleep, here are seven qualities that help moms not only keep it together, but thrive. Which ones would you want to share with the favorite mom in your life?

1. Know your strengths: Happy moms recognize that “effortless perfection” is an outdated myth. Being real, authentic and present is way more fulfilling and meaningful, not to mention a much better model for your children. Focus on your strengths, and what makes you energized, not on what is “missing.”

2. De-stress: Time to de-stress is not a luxury — it is fuel for going the distance. Even a few minutes during a hectic day counts. Whether it’s through laughter, exercise, hobbies or meditation, it’s important to have a way to let go of stress. Take time to return to yourself. You and everyone around you will be happier!

3. Be gentle with yourself: Happy moms try to show compassion for themselves and to others. Mothers who, even inadvertently, put themselves down (I’m too fat, too overwhelmed, etc.) demonstrate that belief to their kids. We are all in the processof evolving. When you choose to be kind to yourself, as well as to others, it will inspire everyone around you to do the same.

4. Know when to say no: Happy mothers set healthy boundaries. This can look like prioritizing quality time with family or deciding not to take on another project that would drain all of your energy. Pleasing people, whether it is friends, relatives or colleagues, can lead to spreading yourself too thin — invest your time wisely.

5. Empower your children to help: Kids feel better when they are a contributing part of a team. Happy moms find creative ways to engage their children in helping out, whether that is assisting in putting together tomorrow’s lunch or feeding the pets. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Anne Landers.

6. Find time for friends: Friends help you laugh at your troubles, listen when you want to talk, and remind you of who you are. Being a mother is but one of your roles; real friends help you keep your identity and perspective, and remind you to reach for your dreams.

7. Have an attitude of gratitude: Happy moms know that gratitude opens the doors of the heart. Try having everyone around the table talk about one thing they are grateful for in their lives as well as something they appreciate about the others there. “People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

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You gave me eyes to see the world, a heart to feel it.

You gave me ears to hear the morning song, and legs to walk the land, to swim the waters.

You gave me feet to be soothed in cool grasses, and hands to hold to loved ones.

You gave me life that I might know sorrow and joy and weakness made strong.

You gave me patience and teaching and a cool touch on a fevered brow, a small push forward when I was afraid to fly.

You gave me all and more, through pain and through love.

All I have to offer in return is my gratitude and awe and never ending love.

Thank you, Mom, for everything…



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Five page article but i couldn’t get past page one – got ADS in new TABS.
Does one have to “Login’? what I DID read WAS interesting


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Mother’s Day was started after the Civil War by women who had lost their sons.

The following excerpts from the original Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe…are a timeless reminder of the profound loss and pain war creates for all mothers…but it also deeply recognizes that from such loss and pain can come a fierce determination and power within all mothers, to join each other, and give rise to the birth of peace! Join women around the world in their commitment to building an international movement of peace:

Arise, then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears!
We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience…
As men have often forsaken the plough and anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace… to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
– Julia Ward Howe, 1870

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wonder where they got the NERVE?

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