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5/11/2013 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: One day not enough to thank our moms
The Daily Courier


Dear Mom.

It's nearly impossible to express our gratitude for your enduring love and support over our lifetime. It sounds inadequate to boil it down to a simple "thank you," so that's what today is all about.

And not just for our own moms. Moms serve our communities everywhere.

Moms are police officers and doctors, firefighters and teachers. Moms drive our kids to school in buses, keep others healthy in fitness and nutrition fields, serve our churches, contribute art and music, and research science advances that save lives.

At home, moms do everything from helping with homework to patching up scrapes and bruises to demonstrating right from wrong for impressionable minds.

Anna Jarvis, born in 1864 in Virginia, is credited as the force behind Mother's Day. When she was 41, her mother died. On the second anniversary of her mother's death (which fell as the second Sunday in May, 1908), Jarvis made public her plans to establish a day to honor mothers. The observance became official in 1914.

A cynic will try to decry Mother's Day as over-commercialism run amok as a holiday built around the greeting card industry. After all, Hallmark reports that Mother's Day is the second-most popular holiday for gift-giving (after Christmas), and offers more than 1,300 card designs just for the occasion.

That cynic clearly hasn't seen a mother's face on Mother's Day.

No matter if you buy something special or make something special, the gesture is the same. Research everywhere since the beginning of time shows that a hug and an "I love you" is 100 percent effective.

So moms, seriously, take it easy today. Do NOT clean anything. Don't worry about us (at least not too much; we know you always are thinking about us). And let us spoil you today.

The brunch/lunch/dinner menu is your call, the day-trip destination is yours to choose, and you even get the TV remote all to yourself.

And you know what?

We'll do it all for you tomorrow, too.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: One Of Seven

My mother had seven children. Well only some were hers. The step children were my dads first wife. Believe me she made them know what place they took. The others were the Golden ones. She hit my dad in her rages, blamed him for her cancer, threw things and destroyed his things. We could not get out of there fast enough. She still shows up at family functions many times drunk and just wanting to make everyone as miserable as her. She preaches God and stuffs it down everyone. Then she will call the neighbor or some one who has made her angry a vile name. Yep we all come home to wish her a happy mothers day. Only to keep the peace and to see our father. Honor the good mothers. The ones like, mine who have not been happy since childhood, well some day we will not even have to do that. This and other holidays are spent just wanting to forget. Do I care if she sees this? She would not even know it was her. What does that tell ya?

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: @ 'Honor not love'

@"HONOR NOT LOVE" speak for yourself! I have two precious children who are both A students, drug free, obedient and the LOVES of my life! I've been married to the same man for 21 years. We are a functional healthy family unit who enjoys the great outdoors and spending many family times together. I would never allow my past to flow into my present life. May be you are speaking from you own personal experience.
kelliyp.


Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: Honor, NOT Love

@kelly p.-honoring your parents doesn't mean we have to love them. You obviously have anger problems, seek counseling before it carries over the rest of your life. When you become a parent yourself, you will, only then, understand what it means to become a parent. Sometimes we don't know why our parents are the way they are, but, most often, it's something in their past that they also carried over to their children. Good luck.

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

Instead of making the flower shops and card companies richer, try doing something for your mom, grandmom, aunt, or a female who you admire. I don't believe we have to put our love into dollar amounts to prove anything. Cook a dinner at home, pick flowers in the garden, do some chores, or just take mom for a drive or walk. Make your own cards with a poem, this she will remember forever.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: kelly p.

I hate these days of honoring mothers and fathers. Not all of us were raised by the Clevers or Donna Reed. My parents were falling down drunks and beat the tar out of us every chance they got. We hide under our beds when we heard my dad coming in from one of his all night binges.

Last week was nurses week. We have boss's day, secretaries week, grandparents day and so forth. What's up with that except to spend money we don't even have and if we don't give to the people who are being 'honored' on those special days then we are made to feel guilty and those people are disappointed in us or even worse - mad at us.

To the people who are close to me now I honor them everyday with a warm hug, a flower (when I get paid every week) and most times I send them cards. That to me is what it means to really honor someone when you do it every day not just once a year then treat them badly after wards. We should treat people with respect and with kindness every chance we get because we never know when it will be the last time we see them.

I want to thank all the mothers out there who have been good to their kids in all the ways possible. And if your kids didn't give you something today or just forgot to say 'happy mother's day' don't be disappointed or sad just remember the other times when they handed you a handmade card or painted you a picture or ran up to you for no reason and gave you a great big hug and kiss. Those are the times and things you should remember always. 'happy mothers day', moms

kelly p.


Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

k n how do you feel about Christmas displays put on by the city?

Happy Mothers Day to all those deserving.


Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Sure it is ....for the businesses

My parents actually taught me that we don't celebrate mother's day and father's day as Hallmark invented them to make money - "we do it year long."

Today is just a day for businesses to make money - we should all thank and honor our parents EVERY DAY.


Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Lisa Perry

I'm 53... I was adopted so technically I have 2 mothers. I never had children of my own, so technically, I am not a Mom. However, it gives me great pride and pleasure to celebrate this day and reach out to women everywhere who are "Moms" in their own right. I believe that Mother's Day is so much more than just recognizing who gave birth to and/or raised you. To me, it's a celebration of all things female... our nurturing and creative spirit. I wish a Happy Mother's Day to every woman who has ever created or nurtured a human, a painting, a fabulous meal, a friendship, a marriage, a book... ad infinitum. Take time today to appreciate your fabulousness.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Gottah Goah

Anna Jarvis started Mother's Day when entering the kitchen was not taboo for a woman......what happened???

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: k n

Remember - Not everyone grew up having a mother.



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