Today’s Fun Fact:
The woman who is credited with starting the Mother’s Day holiday in America was a NotMom. Yep. Run and tell that.
Anna Jarvis never had kids of her own, and truth be told, Mother’s Day wasn’t truly her idea; it was her mother’s.
Anne Reeves Jarvis thought a day to get Americans to come together in honor in motherhood would help to unite a nation still deeply divided after the Civil War. When Mrs. Jarvis died on the second Sunday in May 1905, her daughter took up the cause. (President Woodrow Wilson made it official in 1914.)
It didn’t take long for the advertisers (and citizens) of America to latch on to the new holiday and steer it toward a more commercial path. In the 1920’s, Ms. Jarvis said, “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.” By the time Anna died at 84 in 1948, she was heard to say that she was sorry she ever invented Mother’s Day.
Are you a NotMom who tries to stay at home on Mother’s Day weekend to avoid being blindsided by hurtful but well-intended comments from strangers? (Oh! You thought nobody knew? Girl, you need to cultivate more NotMom friends.)
Next May, let’s toss out all that NotMom angst. WWAJD? What would Anna Jarvis do? Mother’s Day, Schmother’s Day.