Flower Power: Why do we remember Mother’s Day?
By Keith Hill
Most of us have experienced the touch, look, and feel of a newborn of the human kind. The complete lack of ability for a newborn Homo Sapiens is hard to fathom in the survival of our species. The utter reliance of the new baby on their caregivers is remarkable and is the start of a lifetime relationship with the person they will know as Mom.
We all know people who are “Mother’s” by birth, adoption, circumstance, or choice. The bond between a new baby in the formative years and their Mother is a thing of legends. How do we come to know our Mom? At first our needs are very simple: a warm, full belly, empty nappy, snuggles, kisses, and just the bare necessities like sleep. It is amazing how we love to watch a baby sleep, thinking of little else, as they start to grow.
So what makes a Mom?
Being there for each amazing milestones like walking or talking is part of it, but there is so much more. Newborn humans are amazingly unready for life. A newborn Gazelle can walk in a few hours and run in a day, but it takes a human many months of coaching, coaxing, bribing, to accomplish even just standing, let alone walking!
So why the big deal about moms?
Because of the amazingly patient, tender and love nurturing moms seem to have in endless supply, moms never tire of helping their child back up, of wiping that disgustingly runny nose, and to listen to the silliest story for the 247th time. And then there are the diapers. Anyone near a full diaper must know there is a special throne in heaven for mothers who can perform a miracle and clean up a baby to snuggle-able-ness again in just a few minutes!
The question is “Why do Moms do it?”
Is it odd is that in a crowded playground, a mom always knows when it’s her baby that’s crying? Is it from the countless hours of care and commitment that causes this reason for each of us to feel for ourselves as to why moms are so special to each of us?
What do Moms see when they look at their baby for hours? Is it the possibilities of that little life? What will change for them? What is their potential? Mothers are special to us for the unlimited possibilities they can see in us and the unlimited belief they have in us to be anything we can dream. Thanks mom!
Mother’s Day in America
In 1832, a remarkable young lady named Anna Marie Jarvis was born in Culpeper, Virginia. Young Anna was married at 18 to Granville Jarvis and soon the pair were running a mercantile store.
As was customary in those time, offspring were plentiful but tough and only 4 of 13 children made adulthood. Measles, diphtheria, Typhoid Fever were common in Appalachia in those days and the losses caused Anna to try to do something to improve her community in combating childhood diseases.
In 1858, Anna started Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in several towns to improve health and sanitary conditions. Anna and other women joined a growing public health movement in the United States just prior to the Civil War. Anna’s brother was a Medical Doctor who gave sound advice to help the clubs have an impact in their communities. The Civil War divided the state and loyalties but throughout it, Anna steadfastly was neutral to the well-being of all.
After the fighting was over the communities wanted to find ways to bring both sides together and Anna was up to the task of organizing and promoting a Mothers’ Friendship Day for ex-soldiers from North and South and despite threats of violence, the event was a rousing success and showed the way to unity.
Anna Jarvis continued her work in education and service and became a well sought-after speaker in topics of religion, public health and literature. Throughout her life Anna Jarvis was always ready to help and promote Mothers. In 1876, she prayed during a Sunday school lesson that someone start a day to memorialize and honor Mothers.
When Anna Jarvis died on May 8th, 1905, her daughter honored her in 1908 at the Wanamaker Store auditorium. The practice spread quickly and by 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day as the second Sunday in May.
Mothers now have a formal day each year we can remember them on but each of us knows that our mom deserves so much more than one day, or even one week, or one month. Moms deserve to be told “thank you” every day and for each of us, we should strive to that potential she saw in us those many years ago.
Mother’s Day 2018 is May 13th. Doesn’t she deserve a bouquet this year?
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