Mother's Day provides reasons to celebrate

Cher Best

C an you believe April is almost over? That means that Mother's Day is just a little over two weeks away!


On May 8, Mother's Day, I for one have a lot to celebrate. My mom just turned 75 years old. For as long as I can remember she's been a little 5-foot spitfire and she looks fantastic. Fellas, they say if you want to know what your lady is going to look like in her later years, then check out her mom. I'm going to be hot! Thanks, Mom.

I have always found it to be interesting how we all make a fuss to find just the right Mother's Day gift but fathers get little to no thought on their special day. Oh well, they still have Super Bowl and Final Four, but ... I do digress.

You may find it surprising to know that it was actually a man named Frank E. Hering who got the ball rolling so that we all could enjoy this tradition of Mother's Day.

Hering was president of Fraternal Order of Eagles; in 1904 he made the first known public request for "a national day to honor our mothers."

What's even more interesting is originally Mother's Day was not established to honor mothers for their nurturing efforts and sacrifices as one might expect. Instead, the holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of states shortly afterward and only because of the existence of Father's Day preceded it.

In 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and requesting a proclamation. But get this, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, declaring May 10, 1914, as the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating Mother's Day in 1934 but it wasn't until May 2008 that the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a resolution commemorating Mother's Day.

WOW! Does that mean Mother's Day has only been legit for the past three years? Oh well, if so, let me say this for all of us ... to all the mothers in the world, we legitimately have appreciated all of you since the beginning of time.