M – O – T – H – E – R 
M” is for the million things she gave me,
O” means only that she’s growing old,
T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
H” is for her heart of purest gold;
E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell 
A word that means the world to me.
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Words fail to describe the essence of mother, and motherhood. From being a tiny seed to a full grown baby, mothers are the one who nurture us, and continue to have the soft corner, sprinkled with lots of selfless love and care, till her last breath. Almost neglected for all that she does to us – right from food to clothes that we wear, as years goes by, she is often taken for granted. What more better to pause for a moment, take a step back from our busy life and thank her for all that she has done, and will continue to do for us, most of which we will be unaware of?

Before we delve more into the importance of the occasion, do you know how Mothers started to have an exclusive day for the celebration of their selfless love? Flip through the history of Mother’s Day, that has now become an important for mothers worldwide, who are appreciated and thanked for their importance and role on our life.

Although in May 1972 Julia Ward Howe triggered the celebration of ‘Mother’s Day for Peace’ for pacifist mothers, and failed attempts in 1880s and ’90s, Mother’s Day took birth in 1908. Anna Jarvis in West Virginia marked Mother’s Day, in honor of her mother – who always dreamt of a day for all mothers to celebrate. After a lot of struggle and pledging her property, in 1910, the idea got its honor. By 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson declared it as a official national holiday, the day became highly commercialized. Since then, the day has been celebrated widely.

Tune into this space for more love on Mother’s Day.