If you wind back time, all the way back to before you were born –
before your mom was born, and even further back to before your mom's
mom, and even her mom was born – you may find yourself sometime around
the Civil War.
This was, of course, a difficult time for our country. Beyond the harsh
realities of war, tuberculosis and typhoid fever were waging their own
war made worse by the poor sanitary and health conditions of the day.
Cue Ann Marie Jarvis, a woman of Virginia and a mother who believed in helping others.
Seeing the need, in so many ways, for the civility and safety of life
to return to her war-torn country, Mrs. Jarvis got to work. She created
Mother's Day Work Clubs that raised money to buy medicine for those
stricken with TB. She created programs to inspect milk long before it
was required by law. She organized classes to provide health and safety
training for the women of her clubs. During the war, and with their
newfound training in health and medicine, her clubs remained neutral and
offered nursing assistance to soldiers from both sides. And after the
war, with citizen's still divided, public officials reached out to Mrs.
Jarvis to create a celebration for soldiers and families, both Blue and
Two years after Mrs. Jarvis passed, her daughter Anna carried on her
mother's tradition of organizing and celebration, and every May starting
in 1907, honored her mother and others with simple celebrations.
Eventually she started a crusade to make "Mother's Day" a national
holiday. Finally, in 1914, nearly 60 years after Mrs. Jarvis' first
Mother's Day Work Club, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law
Mother's Day, to be held the second Sunday of every May.
Whether you have a mom, are a mom, or love someone who is a mom, it's
important to know just where this day came from. The need to overcome
differences and help each other is so simple that it can feel
revolutionary, and so we honor the sacrifices made, and the sacrifices
that moms make every day without ever thinking twice. No matter who you
call Mom, this Sunday is for them.
speaking of which...
Mother's Day will be just a little bit sweeter this year 'round these
parts, as there just so happens to be a new mom at Molly Moon's. In
fact, it IS Molly Moon! On February 14th, 2013 (yes, Valentine's Day,
speaking of holidays!), Molly and her husband Zack welcomed into this
world miss February Moon, weighing in at 8 lbs, 14 oz. The little family
is doing well & wishes all the new moms in Seattle a happy Mother's