Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia decided a great way to honor her late mother would be to have an official Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was proclaimed in 1907. (Father’s day in 1914) She was specific about the location of the apostrophe; it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.
Anna later filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother’s Day. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done. She lost the battle.
However! That can’t stop you from having a genuinely swell time with your mom be she nearby, far away, or departed. Not too late to teach mom how to ski!
Some big numbers about Mother’s Day can be found in the following pages accompanied by mother and baby animals. What could be better?
There are 82 million mothers in the world today.
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100 million calls will be placed averaging 11 minutes in length
21,000 florists will sell $1.9 million worth of flowers
$670 million spent on greeting cards
$125 average amount spent on a gift
$14.5 billion spent in total on Mother’s day