Bittersweet beginnings of Mother's Day: Anna

^Bittersweet beginnings of Mother's Day: Anna Jarvis invented Mother's Day in 1908. She copyrighted the name, petitioned Congress and fought hard to get a national holiday so that all mother's could get recognition, as a tribute to who own mother, who had just died.

After about 9 years of spreading it far and wide across the United States, getting it official in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed it into Law, and afterwards for the rest of her life, she deeply regretted it because it became a yearly commercial event and had become the cause of some fighting and competition in families, as early newspaper reports show. She felt to blame. The Hallmark company (known as Hall Brothers at the time), founded in 1910, who was one of the first companies to recognize the power of licensing (they signed a license with Walt Disney in 1922 for example, when Walt Disney Company was rather young), was instrumental in the creation of the modern day form of Mother's Day.

These are historical events and have little resemblance to the sentiment expressed on Mother's Day. I just found them interesting and wanted to share. All that being said,

Happy Mother's Day to Mom and all Mothers, Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters and Women – and to the Men who play the Role of Mother. (Father's Day doesn't have the same "umph" to match their contributions).

You deserve it and despite the shaky and bittersweet beginnings of Mother's Day it nevertheless gives a way for kids everywhere to stop and say, "Yes, Mom, I do care. Thanks."^

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