Today, Sunday May 8 is Mother’s Day. At least here in the United States. Everyone else around the world celebrates it earlier in the month.
The history of Mother’s Day in the USA is kind of interesting. It was first observed in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death.
In 1909, two years after her mother’s death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance.
Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Some say the predecessor of Mother’s Day was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses: Rhea (Greek) and Cybele (Roman).
You know what else today is? No Socks Day. It’s an entire day dedicated to not wearing socks. Hey, save some of that laundry today and give Mom a break!
Finally, here’s a really horrible looking movie called Mother’s Day. But maybe you can suck it up and take Mom to a chick flick for her special day. It stars Jennifer Aniston so at least it has that going for it.