I frequently write about different holidays that come up throughout the calendar year, and sometimes about anniversaries of specific key events in my life. But one of the most important holidays that comes up every year, especially if you’re part of a typical family dynamic, is Mother’s Day…
Mother’s Day as it’s currently recognized, was first celebrated in the US in 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. She had started campaigning to have Mother’s Day recognized as a holiday three years prior when her mother passed away. In 1914, President Wilson signed Mother’s Day into existence as a National holiday on the second Sunday in May.
Although Mother’s Day is celebrated in different ways around the world depending on culture and background, Canada also observes Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, and is usually observed with gift-giving or small celebrations. That being said, the current state of affairs has made it difficult to celebrate this holiday, since restaurants and non-essential businesses are currently closed due to quarantine measures.
There’s still lots you can do to recognize your mother or the mother of your children. Make them a meal, give them an afternoon to themselves to read or relax or chose to do something together as a family at home. Living clear on the other side of the country, the best gift I can give my mother is a simple phone call. And she’s quite happy with this.
Despite all the jokes floating around the internet, being quarantined with my wife has held no negative effects on our relationship. If anything, we’ve been enjoying the increased time to be around each other and as grateful as I am for my two sons, I don’t think I’d survive being around THEM if it weren’t for the timely intervention of my wife. Mother’s Day is well deserved, considering all the weight they carry for their families. Celebrate accordingly…☯