HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

It's Mother's Day! Unfortunately I can't be at home with my mum today, but my sister will take excellent care of her, I'm sure. Thinking about it, I don't think I have been home for Mother's Day in about six years, which makes me feel like an awful daughter - time to change that next year!

I've never really given much thought to the origins of said date, but after a little bit of research, I quickly learned that it was first celebrated in 1908 by Anna Marie Jarvis in West Virginia. Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother and all mothers of her community, and in the following years she began to campaign for a national Mother's Day holiday. 1914 it was finally proclaimed a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson, after having spread across the USA and its neighbouring countries. However, Jarvis soon struggled with the commercialisation of the holiday. She is quoted to have said: "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit."

Buying your mum flowers and a card is such a nice gesture, but you can make the gesture so much more precious if you put some heartfelt words into it and mirror them with actions - my sister and I always try to set the breakfast table or help my mum in the garden. It might not seem like much, but it's the thought that counts.

What did you get your mother for Mother's Day?

Lilly Wolf