Appreciation day has always been one of the best days when I was still in school. We would stand in front of our class and tell our classmates and teacher what we were appreciative of. We made a real effort to think of what we truly appreciated at the time.

It’s nice to know that a day like this exists for mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I got to wondering how days like these came about and decided to learn it’s history.

Mother’s Day doesn’t have a designated date. It falls on the 2nd Sunday of May. Usually there are surprises of breakfasts in bed and the usual flowers and cards. I think it’s safe to say that mothers all around the world would appreciate a day of peace and rest. Of course all gifts and ideas are appreciated but a simple day of rest with no arguments, fights, bickering and chores would be heaven itself.

There are different versions of it’s history depending on your part of the world. It’s origins can be said to go back as far as Ancient Egyptian times.  In England it started with the celebration of Mary, Jesus’ mother in the 1600’s. Called Mothering Sunday, it was celebrated on the 4th of Sunday of Lent. In America it was first brought forward by activist Julia Ward Howe. Her efforts to bring peace during the Franco Prussian war led her to make an impassioned plea which was translated into several languages. She promoted Mother’s Day for Peace which was celebrated on June 2 and was celebrated every 2nd Sunday of June thereafter. She fought for it to be a recognized official holiday to no avail. Her focus on women’s rights became a priority and the celebration of Women for Peace slowly faded.

Anne Marie Reeves Jarvis attempted to establish Mother’s Friendship Day. Her drive came from her own experiences. She took care of her ailing mother and when her mother passed away she felt such deep longing for her that she set out to create Mother’s Day. Becoming the Founder of Mother’s Day, she reached out to established figures in the community to aid in her campaign.

The first observation of Mother’s Day was on May 10, 1908 during a church service in West Virginia which was dedicated to her dear departed mother. It was eventually celebrated by the whole of America. In May 1913 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday every 2nd Sunday of May.

Today we celebrate the sacrifices, triumphs and dedication that mothers give unconditionally. In such a modern age this holiday aptly represents a mother or mother figure who has cared beyond anyone else and loved with unending depths.