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Wednesday, May 4, 2011



Way over 150 years ago, Ann Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia [then Virginia] wanted a day to honor mothers. At first she called it “Mother’s Work Day” and tirelessly campaigned to have a national holiday. That did not happen for she died before she saw her dream come true.
But through the persistance of her daughter, Anna, as well as others, it did become a national holiday—and all of us who are mothers celebrate this glorious day. If your mother is still alive, rejoice in her being with you.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed May 9, 1914, the first Mother’s Day official and the second Sunday in May every year became a national holiday in the USA.

I lost my mother ten years ago almost to the day and since my dad had died long before her, it was a jolt to realize that no longer did I have a mother but also that I was no longer a daughter. Couldn’t buy any more Mother’s Day cards for her or gifts but the cards which I gave her, she kept. And I have those as well as the ones she sent to me.

On the bright side, I am a mother of two grown sons and cherish every single thing that they have given me—from the homemade type to school-made gifts and to the awesome petit fours I received in the mail yesterday from one son. Every single card that they have ever given me is cherised and kept.

And I have three grandchildren who remember me on Mother’s Day. This coming Sunday, I wish all of you who are mothers and reading this a very special Mother’s Day and much happiness!

Sherry Hill

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