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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Go tell your mom how much she matters

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 11, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.


Do you know what today is? Yes, it is a Sunday, but today is also much more important. Today is Mother's Day, and we think it's time to reflect on the women who gave us life and so much more.

Mothers in today's world cover a wide spectrum of circumstances. Some are working mothers who juggle a job or career, family time and maintaining a home. Some are single mothers who must support their family single-handed, while others are able to stay at home and focus on raising their children.

Whatever the situation, mothers do not have an easy job. They chose to bring children into this world and work to raise those children, teach them right from wrong and keep them safe every day. So we find it fitting that a special day is dedicated to honoring and thanking mothers for everything they do for us.

The first Mother's Day celebration was held in Grafton, W.Va., on May 10, 1908, according to National Geographic. A woman named Anna Jarvis pushed for the celebration to be recognized, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Jarvis originally intended the holiday to be a quiet, intimate time of family appreciation for mothers, but it was quickly commercialized around the giving of flowers, candy and cards, which still continues.

We are glad Jarvis began the Mother's Day tradition, and even though it did not turn out the way she had planned, we agree that honoring our mothers for the hard work, love and devotion they have given over the years is important. We encourage our readers to take some time today to tell their mothers how special they are.

Whether she is biological, adoptive or even a mentor, being a mother is more than simply giving birth to a child. It takes a commitment to be invested in the lives of your children and give them the love and support they need. We are grateful for the women who raised us and supported us in every step of the way, and we are glad to see so many other women doing the same in our community.

Thank you to all the mothers of the Crossroads. Your strength, dedication and love are what make us and our communities strong.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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