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Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May.

Mother's Day is set aside to acknowledge, show appreciation for and honor your "mom" (and other moms in your life).

Anna M. Jarvis, born in 1864 in Webster, West Virginia (U.S.), is credited as the force behind the official Mother's Day observance. When Jarvis was 41, her mother died. On the second anniversary of her mother's death (the second Sunday in May 1908), Jarvis made public her plans to establish a day to honor mothers. The observance became official in 1914.

Although today it is customary to give cards, flowers, and other gifts on Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis was a strong opponent to the commercialization of the holiday. In particular, she was known to berate people who purchased greeting cards, saying they were too lazy to write personal letters "to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world." She was arrested for disturbing the peace while protesting at a Mother's Day celebration in New York, and eventually wished she never would have started the day because it became so commercialized.



You Know You're A Mother When...
By Liane Kupferberg Carter



  1. You count the sprinkles on each kid's cupcake to make sure they're equal.

  2. You hide in the bathroom to be alone.

  3. Your kid throws up and you catch it.

  4. Someone else's kid throws up at a party. You keep eating.

  5. You consider finger paints to be a controlled substance.

  6. You find yourself cutting your husband's sandwiches into cute shapes.

  7. You hear your mother's voice coming out of your mouth when you say, "NOT in your good clothes!"

  8. You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.

  9. You hire a sitter because you haven't been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.

  10. You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job", but you know you wouldn't trade it for anything.







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