The originator of Mother’s Day did not have any children.
Even though she’d been a model daughter, Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia schoolteacher, was filled with regret and guilt when her mother died in 1902.
Over the next decade, she worked tirelessly to get a celebration of motherhood recognized, badgering cities, towns, and states into supporting Mother’s Day resolutions.
Finally, in 1914, seeing a mom-andapple-pie no-brainer political decision, the U.S. Congress passed a bill making Mother’s Day a national holiday. President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law.
The holiday became one of the most-celebrated, who could be against motherhood?, today inspiring the sending of more than 10 million bouquets of flowers and 150 million greeting cards.
Restaurants and long-distance carriers both report that it is their busiest day of the year.
However, Jarvis did not wring much happiness out of the holiday she created.
Upset by the commercialization of what she had visualized as a religious holiday, she found each Mother’s Day a painful mockery of her life and ideals.
Heartbroken by a disastrous love affair, she remained unmarried and childless and became a recluse.
Jarvis died poverty stricken and alone at age 88 in 1948.