Mother’s Day is this weekend, which usually means lots of flowers ordered, phone calls made, and cards sent.
Hallmark says it’s the second most popular day to give gifts, with 141 million cards sent for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Facts
Mother’s Day started because one woman wanted to honor her mom, who had just died. Anna Jarvis was 41 when her mom died, and on the second anniversary of her death (in May 1908) she became determined to create one day a year to officially honor the moms in our life. Some say this was because she might have argued with her mom right before she died. The holiday became official in 1914.
Just how many moms will be celebrating on Sunday? According to the Census Bureau, 4.1 million women (between 15 and 50 years old) gave birth this past year. More and more women are becoming moms in midlife. Between 1980 and 2004, the number of over-40 women who became a mom “almost quadrupled.”
By age 44, over eighty percent of women had become mothers in 2010.
Popular Mother’s Day Quotes
What would Mother’s Day be without a few quotes to remind us of the importance of mothers? Use these on your mom’s Facebook page, tweet them out, or put them in a card.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
My mom is definitely my rock.
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.