Herald-Whig View

Mother's Day a perfect day to offer thanks for all that moms do

Posted: May. 14, 2017 12:01 am

MOTHER'S Day weather should be perfect this year for the cookouts, trips to restaurants and visits that have come to typify the holiday.

Yet in good weather or bad, this is one holiday that is considered a success when the guest of honor makes an appearance, takes a phone call or does some video chatting.

Mothers are known for nurturing their own children as well as other children, regardless of age or address. But that nurturing spirit cannot hide the mothers' strength.

Among generations who knew stay-at-home moms, there is a realization that these women made their own goals subordinate to their families. Their strength held families together.

Single mothers and working moms show their underlying strength by balancing the needs at home and the work that pays the bills.

Anna Jarvis is credited with launching Mother's Day in the United States. Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, had cared for the wounded on both sides during the Civil War and formed a Mother's Friendship Day for both Union and Confederate mothers. The elder Jarvis died in 1905.

On May 10, 1908, Mother's Day events were held at the church where the mother had taught Sunday school in Grafton, W.Va., and Anna provided 500 white carnations. She began a letter-writing campaign that led to the establishment of a national holiday in 1914.

In her latter years, Jarvis fought to keep the holiday she launched from becoming overly commercialized. In that effort, she failed.

Mother's Day 2017 is expected to generate $23.6 billion in sales, meals and other spending, according to the National Retail Federation.

Eighty-five percent of Americans who responded to the NRF survey said they will celebrate Mother's Day in some fashion.

An online survey found that most moms say they would prefer a meal out or gift cards on their special day. Many also said they would be happy with a visit, either in person or via phone or video device.

There's that selfless nature shining through again.

Here's to mothers and all they do.