Happy Mother’s Day!

Remembering my mother, Henrietta Pollins Gordon (1927-2003)

The first Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10, 1908 by a church service honoring the late Mrs. Reese Jarvis, mother of Anna Jarvis, who succeeded in introducing Mother’s Day as we celebrate it today. Prior to Jarvis, Julie Ward Howe, known as the famous author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, failed to get Mother’s Day recognized around 1873. Fortunately, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in the USA and there are different times of the year when women around the world are recognized on a special day in some form or fashion.

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of appearing in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom,” along with 100 other authors, that was published in 2010. This is such an ideal compilation of heartwarming and inspiring stories that focuses on memories about mothers, that is such a sweet gift to give especially during this time of the year.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere. Even when certain situations are not maternally ideal in our world, our birth came to fruition because someone had to carry us in their bellies. For anyone who served in a loving and maternal capacity, be it an aunt, grandmother, Godmother, teacher or friend, thank you and Happy Mother’s Day!

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