Justine: Books for Mother’s Day

mothersdayThis week I’m taking a break from the Fiction Fundamentals posts to talk about moms and books. May 8th was Mother’s Day in the US and 84 other countries. Almost every country in the world celebrates Mother’s Day; however, not all on the same day.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 by West Virginian Anna Jarvis, in memory of her mother, who had died a year earlier. Although Jarvis pushed for a national holiday, it was until 1914 that US President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

However, Jarvis would come to resent the holiday…in particular, the commercialization of it. She organized boycotts of companies like Hallmark, who made cards for the occasion, and threatened lawsuits against candy companies and more for not honoring the spirit of the holiday, which was to write heart-felt notes or letters of appreciation to mom.

What I find so interesting is that in 1912, Jarvis trademarked the phrase “second Sunday in May” as well as “Mother’s Day” (note the singular possessive). For someone who wasn’t that interested in making the holiday a commercial one, she sure set herself up to reap the benefits from it.

In any case, I thought it would be fitting to pull together some lists of books that are great to share with mom (or to laugh with if you are a mom).

And lastly, if you want to get mom MORE than a book this Mother’s Day (no, it’s never to late to get mom a Mother’s Day gift), check out this list from Popsugar.

To all the moms out there, I hope you had a happy, relaxing, and enjoyable Mother’s Day.

(Now I’m off to spoil myself with a little reading time!)

3 thoughts on “Justine: Books for Mother’s Day

  1. It was a very non-commercial Mother’s Day for me — going both up the ancestral ladder, and down. I got a couple of texts and I sent an email — I feel a little guilty. I could have at least gone to the trouble of writing a haiku. (-: Or maybe that WAS the gift — I didn’t send my mom bad poetry, and perhaps she’d be quite grateful if she knew that I didn’t do that.

    I did get the gift of three hours of editing time at the library, and was very, very happy about that.

    • That’s a fabulous gift, Micki! I don’t think most families understand the value of free time. It’s appreciated, everyone can use it, and it costs almost nothing!

      My Mother’s Day was busy. I had hinted the week(s) before that I’d like a day of no motherly responsibilities, but it didn’t come to pass. Perhaps next year!

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