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May 08, 2009

A history of Mother's Day


BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY–Hey, it's time once again to send Mom that special e-card. From the vaults, the story of the men who voted against the first Mother's Day:

In the annals of easy votes, one might expect to find a prominent place for the congressional resolution that established Mother's Day. Yet the first Mother's Day was hooted down in the U.S. Senate. They made senators of sterner stuff in those days, I tell you. [...]

But a funny thing happened on the way to the florist. Anna Jarvis, the mother of Mother's Day, became its harshest critic.

Jarvis denounced the greeting card and gift and candy manufacturers who battened on her day. In vain, she urged sons and daughters to buy buttons instead of flowers for mom; she called greeting cards "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write." The embittered Jarvis concluded that "charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites" had corrupted "with their greed one of the finest, noblest, truest Movements and celebrations known."

Posted by joke du jour at May 8, 2009 06:23 PM

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