#52ancestors Week 19 “Mother’s Day”

This weeks topic is “Mother’s Day”



I do not have much to write this week, you all know your mothers right? So just a little history lesson then. Wikipedia is great for that and I’ll try not to plagiarize it to much.

Mother’s Day in the United States was initiated by Ann Reeves Jarvis, first celebrated in 1908. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday by proclaiming that Mother’s Day be held on the Second Sunday in May.

The spelling of Mother’s Day was important to Ann Jarvis, Mother’s should be singular possessive so that each family honors it’s own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers of the worlds.

It’s said that Ann Jarvis latter regretted creating Mother’s Day due to the commercialization of the holiday like may others today.

One of my memories of mother’s days was in church. All the mothers would wear flowers. Red if your mother was living, white if she had died.  The pastor would have all the mothers stand and he would narrow it down to the oldest mother or the one with the most children.

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks “Is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of.


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