Contributed by Coach Karen
Anna Jarvis celebrated the first Mother’s Day in 1907 to honor her Mom, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, who founded an organization to improve sanitary and health conditions in five West Virginia cities. Ann Maria’s Mothers’ Day Work Clubs also cared for Union and Confederate soldiers by providing food and clothing, and treating wounds.
The younger Jarvis ultimately railed against the holiday she created. She was particularly bitter about the commercialization of the day she intended as a loving tribute to the “woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” “A printed card,” Jarvis said “means nothing except that you are … lazy. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.”
Ironically, the woman who created the day to honor mothers died single, childless and broke
Mother’s Day serves as a milestone to all that is rich and depleting, joyful and agonizing, fulfilling and exhausting, boastful and humbling, and above all, momentous. It also marks a day – by design – where the group focuses on one. Anna Jarvis was quite intentional on where she placed the apostrophe when she coined the phrase Mother’s Day. She wanted to ensure the day commemorated each individual mother, not all the mothers across the globe.
One day hardly seems sufficient to honor the contributions Mom’s make to the family unit. Just ask any of the Moms who are part of the Elite Athletic Development Community. Their stories are amazing and wonderful and heartbreaking and awe-inspiring and hopeful. They face challenges which would wilt many, yet they overcome with aplomb. And they experience pure, blissful exuberance. It’s a privilege that our female athletes share these back-stories with us, and it makes what they accomplish throughout their training at EAD / CFAH / CFAX all the more amazing.
So let the family honor you Sunday, May 13 with cards, flowers, candy, brunch, hand-print art projects, baby food jar bunnies, clay works of art, and more. Equally appreciate the dirty diapers, dust bunnies and dish-filled sink. Then wake up Monday for the start of a year-long celebration of your health and fitness with the Moms, Soon-to-be-Moms, and Female Athletes at Elite Athletic Development.
Ann Jarvis had it right when she defined Mother’s Day as a celebration of the individual. It’s up to you to continuously honor yourself on Mother’s Day and beyond.