According to Google, Mother’s Day is a “day of the year on which mothers are honored by their children.” For teens, this day usually means stressing about buying flowers or a card for one’s mom. But the purpose of this day is intended to have more depth than a Hallmark card or a bouquet of store-bought flowers.
Founded in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day holds a long history, according to the History Channel. It was first named a national holiday in 1914 and was then immensely commercialized. Jarvis spent the rest of her life trying to restore the holiday of its former glory: traditional, small, homemade celebrations simply praising motherhood.
“Just a nice card is good for Mother’s Day, definitely one with some heartfelt content,” said Ms. Fikes, a mother and a teacher at San Marcos.
Mother’s Day occurs on the second Sunday of May in the U.S. and many other countries, although dates may vary in other nations. It is so widely celebrated that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year, according to the History Channel. Traffic on phone lines has increased by as much as 37% on the occasion with all of the calls home to appreciate moms.
All in all, Mother’s Day is an opportunity to appreciate all that mothers do for us. The day was originally designed to show respect toward mothers, but it has grown from honoring motherhood to a commercialized day for phone lines to erupt with calls to mothers. Gratitude can be shown to mothers in many different fashions, whether it be with flowers, cards, or brunch. Just remember the contributions that motherhood has given to all of us in one way or another!