Saturday, May 10, 2008

MOTHER'S DAY

how it all got started or.........
Mom can I borrow your credit card? And your car?

No, that's what kids might say to Dad for Mother's Day. My children are all grown, with kids of their own. I miss getting the handmade gifts and the hand drawn cards. I miss the breakfast in bed with four little munchkins sitting up there with me, beaming as they explain which part of the smorgasbord they each made for me.

One year, when my kids were young, I got a really nice big American Greetings card that probably cost $5 with my gift. It was a huge card with flowers and glitter and all kinds of fancy extras. It was also a group card from all four kids. When I opened it, I saw that it was signed on the left hand side, below the pretty poetic verse, in large writing by my oldest daughter and my middle daughter. On the right hand side was a very detailed note explaining that their dad had given them money to get me a card, but my son and youngest daughter spent their money on candy instead. Below the note, way down in the corner, were my son and youngest daughters' initials. I still have that card!

Now, we really have these two women to thank for Mother's Day:
All I know is Anna Jarvis the mother, worked very hard to improve the health of the people in her community. She organized a Mother's Friendship Pampered Chef event to bring confederate and union soldiers together for a peaceful celebration. After her mother died, Anna Jarvis, the daughter, convinced her mother's church to have Bingo Night celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary of her mother's death, and she campaigned for a national day honoring mother's. Because of Anna Jarvis' hard work, Woodrow Wilson chose that date for the national holiday....May 9, 1914This year, I am celebrating Mother's Day with my middle daughter and her family. All three of my daughters are super moms with wonderful husbands and perfect children, of course. My son had the wisdom to marry a gal just like his mom who is a wonderful mother too. Sometimes I wonder how one mom can have four kids who have all grown up to be so special.

8 comments:

Some People Call Me Mom said...

Okay, the the card situation? So seems like something my sisters and I would have done!

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Karen said...

I like this post. The card story is funny, today a small card is five dollars.
I never knew how Mothers Day started, I just figured it was a Hallmark made up thing way back when.
Your children turned out so great because they had a good mother.

heartshapedhedges said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

I went scrapbooking tonight, and to show you how far behind I am (I do chronological albums for all 3 kids, so like, 3 (usually) identical Easter pages, etc. along with those unique pages for each kid....)...tonight, I did Grandparents Day, last year...for Pooper.

Did you get the gift?? It was sent to the house of your daughter with Middle Child Syndrome.

And the card....um, let's be honest, as the oldest, I pretty much financed every gift, for every holiday, straight through the 20th century, because, I "had a job"...hmmm....

anyhoo....hope you all have a great day tomorrow, we will be thinking of you.

Cortney said...

Thanks for the history lesson. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

I don't know about Kevin being perfect but you can love him!

Maybe you'll get to meet him on your roadtrip! Briana and I were talking Friday and we assumed that you'd want to come to church with us but if you don't, we can make another plan. Let us know what you think!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

So there's hope for my kids turning out right after all? Just kidding--they're wonderful most of the time.

The card story is hysterical. Happy Mother's Day.

CGS said...

Happy Mother's Day - you are the closest thing now I have to a Grandma. I really miss my Grandma today especially. I always think of her and how much she would have loved Coop. It's good he has you as a substitute. =) Maybe we can try to meet you too this summer when we come home. =)

madame x said...

Happy Mother's Day times 4!

I'm guessin' your house was the hang out for all the friends...

The Running Girl said...

The kids all grow up to be special because they had a special mom. I hope you had a great day.