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Inhaltsangabe: Mother s Day is the most celebrated non-religious holiday in the world. In America alone, over $67.1 million is spent on Mother s Day cards in celebration of mother each year. Each individual spent an average of $126.60 in 2013 for cards, flowers and taking mother out for her annual Mother s Day dinner. While Mother s Day was not proclaimed a national holiday until 1914, some form of a Mother s Days celebration has been held since biblical times. The battle to have a special day proclaimed at the national level and set aside for mothers was not an easy one. Anna Jarvis took up her mother s dream that . . . [I hope that] someone, sometime will found a memorial Mother s Day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. . ., proclaiming at her mother s funeral as her mother was being lowered into her grave saying, Mother, that prayer [that you] made in our little church in Grafton calling for someone, somewhere, sometime to found a memorial to Mother s Day? The time and the place is here and the someone is your daughter, and by the grace of God, you shall have that Mother s Day. From that moment to that of her death, Anna dedicated her entire treasure and physical and mental stamina to the accomplishment of her goal. Anna did not, nor could she at the time, foresee the obstacles that she would face in her effort to fulfill her mother s dream. Unimaginable obstacles including those of governmental resistance, populace apathy, lack of treasure and fraudulent claims by others plagued her at every opportunity. Only through dogged determination and tenacity was she able to overcome these obstacles and carry to fruition her promise to her dead mother. This is also the story of Anna s fight against the commercialization of Mother s Day, which she believed was to be a special day when the best mother in the world your mother was to be shown the affection and love of her children without ritual or ceremony. Anna believed that Mother s Day was to be celebrated without special fanfare the one special day of the year when all children were to go home to visit their mother, or if that wasn t possible, they were to send her a hand-written note expressing their love and affection for their mother not a fancy commercially printed card. It was not a day to be commercialized by confection and floral industries. She fought the commercialism of her special day until the day she died. This then, is the story of how one woman, keeping her promise to her dead mother, overcome unbelievable hardships to establish the world s most celebrated non-religious holiday.

Über den Autor: Growing up near Green Bank in Pocahontas County West Virginia, he often wondered, as a young boy, why there was no one in his household for him to call mother. Later in life, of course, he learned that she had died of postnatal infection when he was only 13 days old and was raised by his paternal grandmother. Mother s Day has, from the time he reached the age of understanding, held a special significance for him. The day has always been a special day for contemplation of what might have been had his mother lived. While studying West Virginia Women s History at West Virginia University he learned that there had never been a comprehensive narrative written about the founding of Mother s Day. It seemed to him that, since the mother-daughter team that had begun the movement toward establishing such a memorial to all mothers was from West Virginia, there should be some form of chronological narrative written documenting how the establishment of the day came about. Others had written books about Mother s Day but they dealt more significantly with the churches the women attended and to which they gave so much of their energies and resources. After several years of contemplation, and research into how Mother s Day actually came about, he decided to write this book. The author served his country in the United States Air Force for over ten years at duty stations in the United States and with foreign duty stations on the island of Crete, Greece, and in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Vietnam Conflict. He left military service to become a commercial pilot and air traffic controller. He retired from air traffic control in October 1999 and ended his flying career on October 5, 2013, by giving his five-year old granddaughter, Kylie, her first airplane ride. He helped with the services of his community of Elkins, WV, where he now resides with his wife Sue, by serving on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the Randolph County 4-H Foundation. He served as the Public Information Officer for the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management for over five years and was treasurer for the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority for over five years. For nearly six years he was the business writer for The Inter-Mountain newspaper writing feature articles and a weekly business column. He has three children, Donald, living in Atlanta, Georgia, Wendy, who lives in Charleston, WV and Heather who resides in Steubenville, Ohio. He has five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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