"There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps."
Mother's Day Origin
Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mother's Day in the US. Anna Jarvis received the inspiration of celebrating Mother's Day from her own mother in her childhood. Her mother, as an activist and social worker, expressed her desire that someday someone would honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to their contributions.
A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mother's word and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her mother's desire of having a mother's day. Anna began by sending carnations to be placed in her home church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mother's favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolized a mother's pure love. Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbying for the official declaration of the Mother's Day holiday. Then, on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.