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The mother of all holidays, Mother's Day is a time for all of us to appreciate the most
important person in our lives. Mother's Day comes every second Sunday of May, as
the flowers begin to bloom again and the animals of the forest come out of hibernation.
During this season, we take time to remember our mothers, who incidentally tend to like
flowers and cuddly animals. And although we may not always appreciate their phone
calls or their opinions on who we date, Mother's Day is the perfect time to thank our
moms for all the good things they've done for us, and remind them that we really did turn
out better after eating our veggies.
How did Mother’s Day come to be? As it turns our, Mother’s Day has its own mother:
Anna Jarvis, who founded the campaign for a national day honoring mothers in 1908.
Jarvis propelled the idea forward with her unwavering determination, writing letters
to state governments and enlisting allies such as Philadelphia businessman John
Wanamaker. In 1914, Mother’s Day was officially designated as a national holiday by
President Woodrow Wilson, perhaps hoping to appease his own mother in case she
disapproved of his foreign policy. Since then, Mother’s Day has become a tradition
which is as American as, well, mom and apple pie. Mother’s Day is also the busiest day
of the year for long distance phone calls, perhaps proving that mothers are still easier to
talk to than fathers.