Tuesday, May 6


This week theme/prompt is HEADS - Mother

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I’m sure the intent of this week’s theme is to celebrate our Mother since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. I'm going to wait until Sunday to do a post about my Mother and/or mother's in general. Today I'm going to share how Mother's Day started.

Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of Republic” first suggested this concept in 1872. It wasn’t until 1907 when Anna Jarvis held a ceremony in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother who died two years earlier. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to create a national holiday honoring mothers. In 1910 West Virginia became the first state to recognize the new holiday and the nation followed in 1914 when President Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis was never married and was never a Mother herself.


Doing research for the dates for this post I also read Shelly Moore Capito, a US Senator for West Virginia, proposed a Mother's Day coin. It is to be minted in 2014. Shelly is the daughter of one of our former Governors, Arch Moore.



12 comments:

Sue said...

What a great little history lesson. Thank you! Happy HOT day, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Linda, thanks for sharing the history behind Mother's day..a coin would be cool... I tried my link to HOTs and it works...what is the matter with it?? Have a super day.

Rambler said...

Mother's day is not that big in India..but yep the sentiment is really good

Inspiration Alley said...

Great take on the theme. I'd never really considered before how mother's day started.

Tina said...

That's some nice History to know.

Have a great Mothers Day :)

Natalie said...

That's neat, I never knew how Mother's Day came to be. :)

Nonna said...

Wow, I never knew any of that, thanks for researching and sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!!

Misty Dawn said...

I love when I learn new things from my blogging friends! GREAT post and wonderful idea for this theme!

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Linda, I see what you have been telling me.. that my link at HOT's was broken.I re-entered my blog site on the list.. please see if it works now.Thanks my friend.. Baba

Hootin' Anni said...

This is one terrific idea! What a great way to celebrate Moms and HoT's prompt. Clever indeed.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm late visiting everyone since I've had a busy day. But, I just can't NOT stop by to those who come by and say 'hi' to me! Hope your afternoon/evening is a peaceful one.

Lifecruiser said...

Aha, so that's how it started over there!

I'll continue your excellent history lesson with saying:

It were then spread to Europe, first to Great Britain and then to Scandinavia.

In Sweden Mothers day were celebrated for the first time in 1919, but we celebrate it the last Sunday in May!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Skittles said...

Oh wow.. thanks for letting us know! :)