Anna originally conceived Mother’s Day as a personal day for families to celebrate their mothers, but soon thereafter commercial forces set in such as the floral and greeting cards industries. Originally, people would wear a White Carnation flower as a symbol for commemorating mothers who have passed.
Anna Jarvis realized that the original intent of Mother’s Day was wearing off, she said “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.”
In 1943 Anna started organizing a petition to halt the commercialization of Mother’s Day, but her effort came to an abrupt stop when she was placed in Marshall Square Sanitarium in West Chester, Pennsylvania, an institution for the mentally ill, paid for by people connected to the floral and greeting cards industries.
In conclusion, Anna’s idea of a Mother’s Day is to find a place in our hearts to cherish our mother on this day and on every other day of the year. It is a day for us to reflect on the person giving birth to us and caring for us, a time to thank and appreciate, to give and love.
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