Just a friendly note to remind you that Mother's Day is almost here! Better not forget all the special women in your life. It was so easy when we were kids, the only mom we had to remember on Mother's Day was our own. But nowadays the list of important “moms” in our lives has grown considerably. Oh well, why not spread the joy around?
Speaking of Mother's Day, I just learned something interesting about the origins of the day. It seems that an appreciative daughter by the name of Anna Jarvis was the spearhead behind the first national holiday. Thanks to years of work on Anna's part, President Woodrow Wilson declared a national holiday honoring mothers in 1914. The ironic part of the story is that in no time at all the day became so commercialized that Anna later did an about face and tried to have Mother's Day done away with! In fact, poor Anna was arrested in 1923 for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for Mother's Day! So if you regret that Mother's Day has become so commercialized, just think how Anna Jarvis must have felt!
In case you would like to express your appreciation to your mother in more original ways, here are a few ideas:
A handwritten love note
A daily email or card for seven days leading up to the big day
A personal manicure and pedicure by YOU
Cook a great meal and don't let her help with dishes
A fat booklet of homemade coupons redeemable for “honey-do” favors throughout the year
A photo memory book created by YOU
I hope you found a great idea somewhere in this list. However you choose to celebrate Mother's Day, may it be a joyous one for you and yours!