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Mother’s Day

11 May

Think Mother’s Day is the only holiday celebrated in America without a controversy behind it? Think again:

“As early as the 1850s, West Virginia women’s organizer Ann Reeves Jarvis held Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions and try to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination, according to historian Katharine Antolini of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The groups also tended wounded soldiers of both sides during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865, she added.[…]

Anna Jarvis’s idea of an intimate Mother’s Day quickly became a commercial gold mine centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards—a development which deeply disturbed Jarvis.  […] ‘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,’ Jarvis once said.”

This Mother’s Day, I’m going to be thinking about what mothering really means, not just because I’m 7 months into my own journey of motherhood (yep, I’m having a baby) but also because, while individual mothers should absolutely be adored and celebrated, there is so much more to mothering than the actions of individuals.  Motherhood is still regarded as an inferior and unimportant aspect of life in many parts of the world, yet none of us would be here without it.