Saturday, May 7, 2016

Making Mother’s Day Memorable 2016 by Jacqueline Seewald

The idea of an official celebration of Mother’s Day in America was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872.  She became famous with her Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Anna Jarvis is actually recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. She never married or had children herself. However, she got the inspiration for celebrating Mother’s Day from her own mother Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, an activist and social worker. Mrs. Jarvis expressed a desire to have a day set aside to honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. 

 By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the
Union, and on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.  Mother’s Day is now celebrated in several countries including the US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. Sadly, Anna Jarvis became disillusioned by the commercialization of the holiday.

Today mothers are honored with many kinds of gifts: cards, perfume, jewelry, candy, flowers, plants. If a mother is a reader, books are great Mother’s Day gifts, either print or digital.

What most of us who are mothers appreciate most is simply spending time with our children. Sharing a meal like a brunch or dinner together is one way of making the day special. If children live and work too far away to visit, a phone call is always appreciated.

My gift to other mothers this year is some fun free reading--since this is International Short Story Month as well.

For a Mother’s Day story:

“The Art of Listening”

BEYOND THE BO TREE is a collection of ten romantic short stories of all types and lengths. Amazon offers the first one, “The Phone Call,” as a free read:

For a flash fiction story take a look at “Bacon Bits” in SAINT RED:

Many of my mystery short stories are free reads from such publications as: THE GUMSHOE REVIEW and OVER MY DEAD BODY!

What are your thoughts regarding Mother’s Day? How do you think this holiday should be spent?


  1. Though all I really want for Mothers Day recognition from my 3 kids is a phone call--this year I got a lovely plant-able flowering bush via florist delivery and Sunday we are meeting #1son and his fam half way between our homes for lunch. Bonus! Hoping for that call from Hawaii #2son. Happy day to all! Nice post.

  2. Hi, Susan,

    Thanks for dropping by. Sounds like a great Mother's Day.

  3. Great post Jacque!
    Some treasures should be made into national holidays or days of recognition...Mothers are one.

    Good luck and God's blessings

    1. Thanks, Pam, I kind of think Mothers need to be appreciated every day of the year, not just once a year, but something is always better than nothing.

    2. Mothers Day is a difficult holiday for many moms. I celebrated a wonderful Mother's Day with two of my children and loved hearing from my second son who lives in another state. On the sad side, my third son, born on Mother's Day, died at 17. So heartbreak goes hand and hand with a blessed day. My heart goes out to moms who have lost children or who don't see or hear from them. Or, have lost their moms.

    3. Hi Elaine,

      I didn't get back here until this morning as I've been suffering with a tooth that needed root canal. I appreciate your comments. Mothers Day can be bittersweet. It's a day when many of us think of our own moms who have passed away. But the hardest is losing a child. I'm glad you have other living children.