Mother’s Day dates back to 1868, when Anna Jarvis created a committee to establish “Mother’s Friendship Day” in honor of her mother, Ann. After Ann’s death in 1908, Anna held the first Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, backed by retail owner John Wanamaker. Anna lobbied to make this a national celebration, and in 1914 got the attention of President Woodrow Wilson, who proclaimed that the second Sunday of each May would “belong to moms across the nation.” Interestingly, Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, never became a mother herself. Rudyard Kipling famously said, “God couldn’t be everywhere, so he made mothers.”
A Spanish proverb says, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” And Abraham Lincoln commented, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” So how will you honor your mother this Mother’s Day? You can buy her something. The average consumer spent $168.94 on Mother’s Day last year. Or better yet, you can pay her for all she does as a mother, cook, cleaner, and housekeeper. A recent estimate puts her annual salary at $65,000. I’m sure she will be happy to accept cash or credit card. I would argue that $65,000 is too little. You can’t put a price on what a mother is worth. But you can honor your mother. Start this Sunday. If possible, take her out. Or you can take her candy. Probably, she just wants you to take her hand. Thank her for being unlike anyone else in your life. Everyone else stands with you when you are right. Your mother stands with you when you are an idiot. You can’t put a price on that. So love her. Pray for her. And for just one day, do what Anna Jarvis did. Make your mother feel like she is the most important person in the world. Because she is.