The origin of Mothers Day can be attributed to Anna Jarvis, from West Virginia in the USA. In 1905, at the passing of her own mother. She set out to create a memorial date for everyone around for Mothers.
It wasn’t until 1908 when the date, the 2nd Sunday in May, was first recognised in West Virginia, and by 1910 it had spread to several states.
True to form, Anna Jarvis wasted no time in trademarking “Second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” – noting that the term “Mother’s” referring to “be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers of the world.”
In Australia it wasn’t until 1924, when Leichhardt resident Mrs Janet Heyden began bringing gifts to all mothers at a local nursing home. Also in true Aussie tradition we’ve adopted the chrysanthemum as the Mother’s Day flower, because it has “mum” on the end. Can we make life any simpler?
But instead of today’s commercial exercise, the tasty alternative to say “Thanks Mum!” is pictured above.