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Many of you might already know that Mother’s Day was started in 1908 by Anna Jarvis to honor the memory of her mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis of Grafton.

Jarvis’ efforts further paid off when Congress and the U.S. Senate, by joint resolution, asked President Woodrow Wilson to make an official proclamation of the day in 1914.

But did you know that Jarvis trademarked the phrases “Mother’s Day” and the “Second Sunday in May” in 1912 when she also organized the Mother’s Day International Association?

Have you ever paid particular attention to the fact that its Mother’s Day and not Mothers’ Day? According to a CanWest News Service story in 2008, Jarvis wanted the word to be singular possessive for families to honor their mother rather than all mothers of the world.

Mother’s Day is firmly rooted in America. While there are a lot of “commercialized” ways to say thanks to mom, there are many other ways you can honor and celebrate her not only today but every day.

Remember it’s so important to God that you respect and love your mother and father that He promises long life to those who honor their parents. Exodus 20:12 reads, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

So, make time for your mom. Today is an important day for her, so be sure to include time with her in your plans. Remind your mother how much you love her. Don’t underestimate how much your mom appreciates it when you tell her how much she means to you. Divide mom’s responsibilities to give her more time to relax and enjoy herself. No matter what other things you do or gifts you give her, make time to pray for your mother on Mother’s Day and every day.

I realize it can be a difficult holiday for those of us whose mothers have passed away. Even if you’ve lost your mother you can embrace the holiday and her memory. Remember how she made you laugh, smile or feel good. You can wear a white carnation (a symbol to honor a mother who is far away or deceased) on your dress or suit. Carry an old photo of mom during the day and look at it often and reminisce about the good times you shared. Then call or visit with a sibling or relative and share mutual recollections of your mother.

I hope all of you have a great time honoring and celebrating your mothers.

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PHONE GLITCH - if you tried calling the Times West Virginian office Thursday or early Friday then you know our phones were not working. We had a power module fail in the system and had to order a new one which was finally installed early Friday afternoon. Thankfully we were able to conduct most of our business using mobile phones.

Of course, a few people in the area took the opportunity on social media to once again claim the newspaper had ceased operation. Nevermind the fact we had printed and delivered papers both days. Talk about “fake news!”

Publisher Titus Workman can be reached at tworkman@timeswv.com or (304) 367-2503. You can follow him on Twitter @TitusWorkman3 and read his column, Publisher Talk on Sundays in the Times West Virginian.

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