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Remember to take time for mothers on Sunday

Friday, May 8, 2009

When was the last time you told your mother you loved her?

When was the last time you spoke with your mother?

You ought to do it Sunday.

All mothers nationwide will be honored that day by their families with Mother's Day.

This may surprise some mothers, but they haven't always had that special day to honor them.

Modern-day mothers can thank Anna Jarvis for the creation of the now nationally recognized holiday.

Jarvis was born in 1864 and died in 1948.

Two years after her mother's death, she had a memorial for her and began the campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday.

In 1912, Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day."

After several years of campaigning, Jarvis' work came to fruition in the middle of World War I.

The day was officially recognized as the second Sunday in May by president Woodrow Wilson in 1914. He made the proclamation as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.

Other countries, however, celebrate mothers on different dates. And some countries have celebrated mothers for thousands of years.

In ancient Greece, for example, a festival took place in honor of Cybele, a great mother of the Greek Gods.

Our traditional Mother's Day is not in conjunction with early pagan and Christian traditions honoring mothers nor is it in conjunction with the 16th century celebration of Mothering Sunday, although that is still celebrated.

In addition, the carnation flower represents Mother's Day, partially because of Jarvis, as her mother's favorite flower was the carnation.

On Sunday, mothers across the country will get the royal treatment from sons and daughters.

And they deserve it.

Mother's Day, in my opinion, should have existed long before the 20th century.

But, at least moms have a day to look forward too.

Mother's Day is the day moms across the country shouldn't have to worry about going near the kitchen. They shouldn't worry about doing that extra load of laundry for the teenager.

They shouldn't have to do any of these things, especially on Mother's Day.

They should be allowed to sleep in, get breakfast in bed, turn on the tube, or sit back, relax, and take in a good book.

When was the last time you spoke with your mother?

If you can, make sure you call her Sunday if you can't see her in person.

Let her know how much you care.

If you do have a chance to see her in person, make her day.

After all, they made your day for several years.

They were always there by your side when you needed a shoulder to cry on.

In some cases, they may still be there when you need that shoulder to cry on.

They were always at the events you participated in, cheering you on as you competed.

They were always there helping you with your homework even if you insisted you didn't need the help.

They were always there pestering you to get up in the morning or begging you to clean up your room before company came over.

They were always there. And all those moments were and are special. They should always be treasured.

When was the last time you talked to your mother? Hopefully you get to on Sunday.

By the way, I love you mom. We'll see you Sunday.