On a beautiful Sunday, Mothers across the world are being celebrated – it is a day to honour motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
Every May 10th annually, mothers get showered with lots of love, gifts and emotional messages praising them for their sacrifice especially enduring the 9 months of carrying a baby in the womb then labour pain and eventual bringing to life of a child.
Mothers do not stop at giving birth, they continue nursing and nurturing the baby until they make their first smile, learning to seat and taking the first step walking. Mothers also teach the child to speak until they are grown up to also become mothers or fathers.
Mothers are a massive inspiration to society and no love lasts longer than mothers love.
Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis in the US over a century ago.
Anna Jarvis’s campaign for a special day to celebrate mothers was one she inherited from her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis.
Mrs Jarvis had spent her life mobilising mothers to care for their children, says historian Katharine Antolini, and she wanted mothers’ work to be recognised.
“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers’ day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it,” Mrs Jarvis said.
She was very active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, where, from 1858, she ran Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to combat high infant and child mortality rates, mostly due to diseases that ravaged their community in Grafton, West Virginia.
Mrs Jarvis herself lost nine children, including five during the American Civil War (1861-1865) who most likely succumbed to disease, says Antolini, a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
When Mrs Jarvis died in 1905, surrounded by her four surviving children, a grief-stricken Anna promised to fulfil her mother’s dream, though her approach to the memorial day was quite different, Antolini says.
Whereas Mrs Jarvis wanted to celebrate the work done by mothers to improve the lives of others, Anna’s perspective was that of a devoted daughter.
Her motto for Mother’s Day was “For the Best Mother who Ever Lived—Your Mother.” This was why the apostrophe had to be singular, not plural.