By Bronwyn Ison
Mother’s contribute an immeasurable amount to our society. FOX News reports the average annual salary of a stay-at-home mom is worth more than $65,000 per year. Other studies conclude if you add overtime, the average annual salary would be more than $110,000 per year. A day in the life of a mother is sun up to sun down. Mother’s will be honored all around the world on Sunday the 10th of May. It is a day to celebrate the special person in your life whom you call mom.
Approximately one hundred fifty years ago Mother’s Day commenced in the United States. A “Mother’s Work Day,” was proclaimed by an Appalachian homemaker named Anna Jarvis. The day raised awareness of poor health conditions in her community. Jarvis passed away in 1905. Her daughter, also named Anna, perpetuated on her legend and instigated a campaign to memorialize the work of her mother.
In prior days, Mother’s Day was celebrated with people attending church, writing, and sending letters to mothers. As years past Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed this honored day of sentiment was being marginalized for greed and profit. Anna Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival. Subsequently she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother’s Day convention selling carnations for a wartime mother’s group. Prior to her death in 1948, Jarvis admitted she regretted starting the Mother’s Day tradition.
The Mother’s Day tradition has flourished in the United States. It has become the most popular day of the year to dine out. Telephone companies record this day as having the highest volume of calls than any other day of the year.
You may consider spending time with your mother in a non-traditional way this year. Perhaps you can go to dinner rather than brunch. Enjoy listening to live music together at her favorite restaurant. If you are on a budget, enjoy an early dinner and a movie together at home. Enjoy the day poolside. Go for a walk/or hike. Engage an activity together: walking, hiking, yoga, shopping, etc.
Each of us should take time on this special day to appreciate how important mothers are to our society. Many of us are blessed to still have our mothers, as a part of our lives. Others will recollect fond memories of their mother.
Most importantly stimulate a memory on Mother’s Day. Express to your mother that you care, and love her. This will signify more than any card. Wishing all of the mother’s and mother’s to-be a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.
Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. www.e-volveyoga.com (760)564.YOGA