Friday, May 10, 2013
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. It became an official holiday in 1914. By the 1920s, the woman behind the celebration, Anna Jarvis, had already become dissolution by the holiday’s commercialism.
Wow, that’s quick. Americans think we over-commercialize things now. Well, I guess we over-commercialize things back then too.
If we consider “commercialization inflation,” and adjust for things like the internet, smart phones, and television, then if Mother’s Day had been launched today it would have been over-commercialized in about a week.
Jarvis, who trademarked the phrases “Mother’s Day” and “second Sunday in May,” was adamant that the word “mother” be singular and for each family to honor their own maternity. Thus we have “Mother’s Day” and not “Mothers’ Day.”
If the holiday had been launched today, it would have not been called “Mothers’ Day” as you might think. We all know we live in a world with a lot of bleeding hearts who want to make everything global, but those P.C. pansies would not have named the holiday “Mother’s Day.”
No, if Mother’s Day was founded in 2013 instead of 1908 it would be called “Parent’s 1 Day.” Then in June we’d have “Parent’s 2 Day.”
You think I’m joking but you know it’s true.