I originally posted this on May 11, 2008.
I feel you Anna Jarvis. I do.
Mother’s day, 2008. Mothereffing Mother’s day. The holiday that will always feel acidic until, well until it doesn’t. And here we are…full swing into it and so far it is just your every day Sunday around these parts. Things accomplished today: fed my cat (2 x’s so far), gave cat a bath (holy fuck! don’t EVER do that!), fed my Grandmother, gave my Grandmother a bath, worked on header art (check out the latest in the Header Art page above), and tried to look forward to tomorrow when the effing Mother’s Day advertisement would finally end.
So just who was the genius that came up with Mother’s Day? You might be surprised. I was. Her name was Anna Jarvis and get this: she never married and never had children. She actually created the holiday to commemorate the passing of her Mother. But two decades after the holiday was officially made a national greeting card bonanza Anna saw how bat crazy the day had become.
She then, with her sister’s help, spent the rest of her life and her entire inheritance campaigning AGAINST the holiday. She fricken hated it and spoke out every chance she got. “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment!”
We get it, Anna. Some times the things we put into motion are never really as perfect as the original plan.