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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers

By Staff | May 8, 2015

Although a national Mother’s Day was first proposed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, who wrote a “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” the holiday didn’t come into existence until 1912 when Anna Jarvis of West Virginia trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day,” and created the Mother’s Day International Association. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.

In his book “It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It,” the Rev. Robert Fulghum said his congregation was “quite open-minded” and gave him “free rein in the pulpit.”

But come the second Sunday in May, “the expectations were summarized in these words by one of the more outspoken women in the church: ‘I’m bringing my MOTHER to church on MOTHER’S Day, Reverend, and you can talk about anything you want. But it had better include MOTHER, and it had better be GOOD!’

“She was joking-teasing me. She also meant it,” said Fulghum.

For those mothers-young and not as young-we honor you on this special day on Sunday.

Hopefully our readers have sent cards, flowers or plan to visit or call their mothers on this occasion.

For those looking for that last minute gift, give mom the following may be as appreciated as any expensive item:

1. A good night’s sleep

2. Quality family time

3. No tantrums

4. No kids’ TV

5. Someone to cook for them

6. Children’s artwork

7. Clean house