May 13th Mother’s Day

Today we celebrate Frank Zapa’s band, the Mother’s of Invention. Did you know that the old Turtles band (So Happy Together) made up the singers for Zapa? Oh wait, I’m told it’s not those Mother’s. Oops, my bad.

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Actually it’s the day to celebrate those women we would not be here to celebrate for if not for them. I owe my mother everything! Literally! And no one has ever loved me more. I was nearly perfect in her eyes, though I was about as far from being perfect as I could be. But that’s what being a mom is all about, raising their children. Not that they can’t have careers as well, but their children will normally come first. And today is the day that she should become first for the rest of us.

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The holiday comes to us via Anna Jarvis who was celebrating her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who helped nurse veterans of the Civil War, as well as raising her family. When she died, Anna created Mother’s Day in her honor. Though originally it was just celebrate by the St. James Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

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The first official Mother’s Day came on May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia and eventually went nation wide being set on the second Sunday of May, so the dates do change. Really, in all honesty, of all the holidays we celebrate this is probably one of the most important.

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Give her candy or flowers, take her to dinner or brunch, or just spend the day with her doing whatever she wants it’s a little pay back for what she has given you. Very little indeed since you can never repay her for all she has done.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your mother today or better yet, let her enjoy you. Make your mom her favorite meal, no strings attached. In some way, let her know she is just as important to you as you have been to her.

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