Sunday, May 10, 2015

"To care for those who

once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”   
Tia Walker

Mother's Day 2015.  Those who have followed my journey with my mother know that I celebrated last year with her after bringing her to New Jersey from Pennsylvania.  Two hip surgeries later and rehab, she has settled into her assisted living, and I get another Mother's Day with her.
I never resist the mother collectibles...
 This was a neat chart that I saw online...if you bought something for Mom, you can match it up here...my mother is content with candy...and since she is 88...will be 89 next Friday, I am not going to argue with her!

Total number of moms in the U.S.85.4 million
Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually$671 million
Total amount of money that will be spent for mothers on Mothers Day$20.7 billion
Total amount of money spent on flowers for their mothers on mother’s day$1.9 billion
The average amount American consumers will spend on mom for Mother’s Day$168.94
Percent of Mother’s Day gifts bought online28.5 %
What Mom wants to receive for Mother’s DayPercent
Something Homemade36 %
Dinner34.8 %
Greeting Card31.5 %
Gift Cards24.7 %
Flowers22.5 %
Jewelry11.2 %
Books10.1 %
Spa7.9 %
Clothing5.6 %
Music5.6 %
Movies5.6 %
Travel4.5 %
Electronics3.4 %

The US has been celebrating Mother's Day since 1908.  Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day even though she never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day.   Her mother felt that someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. 

A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mother's word, and, when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her mother's desire of having a mothers day. But our British cousins celebrated Mothers Day in the 1600s.  "Mothering Sunday" was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor mothers and to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary.  
Servants, apprentices and other employees were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days. 

The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II when American servicemen brought the custom alive,  and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.  (Ever notice how Americans and commercialism go hand in hand).
We all are here because of our mothers so pay homage in your hearts to those women who gave us life!  We would not be here without them!

"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall.  A mother's secret love outlives them all."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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