Monday, May 10, 2010

Mothers' Day

I have never said " Happy Mothers' Day" to my mom in my entire 23 years of life. I dislike doing that, not because I dislike my mom or anything, it's just the odd feeling of....well.... You know what i mean. Sometimes we just do not know how to express our thoughts... is there no other way other than saying it like "Ma, Happy Mothers' Day"~??


The earliest record about a Mothers' Day celebration was found in Greece, and it was carried on when the Roman conquered Greece. Records state that the Romans celebrated Mother’s Day in the month of March.

Modern Mothers' Day was started by Anna Jarvis in 1904. She was said to be the founder of Mother's Day, though never a mother herself. It all started with a prayer from her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, which says “I hope that someone, sometime, will find 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.”

Anna never forgot this prayer. After her mother died, Anna was determined to honour her mother and her wish that someday, someone would pay a tribute to all mothers.

Two years after her mother's death in 1905, Anna began an aggressive campaign to establish a National Mother’s Day in the US. The very next year, Mother’s Day was celebrated in the city of Philadelphia.

By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state of the Union. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday of May a national holiday, in honour of Mother’s Day.

Although Anna had devoted her life to establishing Mother’s Day, she was disappointed that it had become commercialised and even regretted her action. She and her sister, Ellsinore, spent whatever they inherited from their family to campaign against the holiday.

Anna never married and never had any children. On Nov 24, 1948, she died at the age of 84 and was buried beside her mother in the West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Unlike Anna, I'm not a passionate person, I'm pretty mean and egoistic, and you don't expect a cocky person to do just anything right..

But then when I think about it, my mom has been waiting for 23 years, and she never heard me say anything....erm....worth remembering? And she's getting old.. and I would want her to know, before its too late, that her son does keep her in mind on this special day.

And regardless of how busy we are (in fact I'm working right now as part timer in a busy restaurant) our mothers still wait for our call, even a simple, 2-minute phone call could melt her heart.

All mothers know that it's the thought that matter. And... finally I took up the phone and called my mom and said "Ma, Happy Mothers' Day"

I heard her chuckled on the other side~ =)



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