Mother’s Day Founder Regretted her Creation
|May 14, 2012||Posted by stella under Culture|
Although the history of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods — the driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908.
And it grew! It was a hit!
As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She finally succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as ‘Mother’s Day.’”
As it turns out, her mother, Ann, had started Mother’s Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve health and sanitary conditions during the Civil War; soldiers from both sides were cared for equally. After her mother died, Anna Jarvis organized memorials in what ultimately led to the congressional action on Mother’s Day.
But, according to various sources, Anna Jarvis eventually came to resent the commercialization of the holiday — so much so that she campaigned for its abolition — to no avail. She is said to have complained that she wanted it to be “a day of sentiment, not profit,” but it instead had become a bonanza for greeting cards which she saw as “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write.”
She and her sister spent the family assets trying to end it — and she was once arrested for protesting a sale of carnations for Mother’s Day after florists and greeting card companies realized in the early 1920s that the holiday could be a bonanza for them.
Incidentally, Anna never had children.