Family Talk: Don’t ever forget Mother’s Day
The year was 1974, and I was a freshman in college. A year full of new experiences, busy schedules and lots of friends. Amidst all the busyness, I still made time to write a letter to my mom and dad several times a week. Mom and I had a very close relationship. Given that, you would think it impossible that I could forget my mother on Mother’s Day.
But I did.
The second semester of college was winding down that May. I had exams to study for, papers to write and girls to kiss goodbye. Somehow, in the middle of all that mayhem, Mother’s Day came and went without any acknowledgement from me.
Ironically, this kind of forgetfulness was exactly the reason Mother’s Day was invented! According to the website, The Holiday Spot:
(A) woman named Anna Jarvis felt children often neglected to appreciate their mother enough while the mother was still alive. Anna decided to dedicate her life to her mother's cause and to establish Mother's Day to "honor mothers, living and dead." She started the campaign to establish a national Mother's Day and hoped Mother's Day would increase respect for parents and strengthen family bonds … On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the first official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
Anna Jarvis nailed me cold. 1974 was the year I neglected to appreciate my mother enough.
The day after that Mother’s Day, I received a phone call from my dad. Dad never called me, so I figured it had to be something earth-shaking. It was. “You forgot your mother on Mother’s Day!" Dad sternly scolded. “You can forget me if you want, but don’t you ever again forget your mother!” Gulp. “Yes, sir!” I stammered. And I never did again.
Whatever your level of busyness this year, don’t forget your mother, whether she’s living or passed on. Honor the woman who gave you life. Anna Jarvis, and my Dad, would want it that way.
Jim Priest can be reached at email@example.com.