The Bronner family and staff wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! Above all, celebrate the mothers in your life with the gifts of time and love.
History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries around the world. Even so, the modern version of Mother’s Day started in the United States. American Anna Jarvis, in fact, was moved by her mother’s suggestion to establish a holiday to honor mothers. The first actual International Mother’s Day took place May 10, 1908, at their family’s church in West Virginia just three years after Jarvis’s mother died. (In brief, it became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.)
Because Jarvis valued its symbolism, she chose the white carnation to represent mothers. “Its whiteness is to symbolize the truth, purity and broad-charity of mother love; its fragrance, her memory, and her prayers,” Jarvis said. In like manner, she continued, “The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying. When I selected this flower, I was remembering my mother’s bed of white pinks.”
Over the years, Jarvis became disheartened with the commercialization of Mother’s Day. For that reason, she worked to oppose the commercialization and eventually the holiday itself. However, the holiday was warmly welcomed across the world and is still celebrated today.
So this Mother’s Day make memories and a DIY hand-print ornament with your little one.
A Poem About Mothers
“A Mother’s Love” by Helen Steiner Rice
A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain.
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain.
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may,
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away.
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking.
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems.
It is far beyond defining;
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation.
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand,
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.
In conclusion, meet some of the mothers on staff at Bronner’s who are celebrated by their families.
Happy Mother’s Day! Certainly always remember …