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Remembering the meaning......

Remember last year when some of us couldn’t visit our mother or grandmother’s on Mother’s Day! It seems these days we have a little more time, we can stop, relax and remind us of our mother's, grandmothers and relationships with our children.

I looked into the origins of Mother’s day and came across a remarkable woman - Anna Jarvis ….I was immediately intrigued by Anna.  

Three years after her mother's death, Anna held a memorial ceremony to honour her mother and all mothers at a Shrine in Grafton West Virginia, which is now known as the International Mother's Day Shrine.

Anna always believed herself to be the leader of the commemorative day and therefore maintained her established belief in the sentimental significance of the day, which was to honour all mothers and motherhood. Anna valued the symbolism of the white carnation.

Anna opposed the forces of commercialisation that overwhelmed her original message; Her opposition to these commercial forces was evident in her contemporary views, saying:

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.
— Anna Jarvis.

This last quote made me giggle I think it is still true today! I think her views are still relevant and we remember why the sentimental significance of the day.

 

Enjoy your Mother's Day! Remember your gift doesn’t need to be big and grand.

Heidi x

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