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Mother’s Day marks 100th anniversary this year!

Bettie Stephens McCullough and her great-great granddaughters, Kaylee and Kylee
Bettie Stephens McCullough and her great-great granddaughters, Kaylee and Kylee
Personal family photo

They say that the calendar and the mirror doesn!’t’ lie. It is that time of the year when we need to take a peek at the calendar to make sure which Sunday is Mother’s Day; and then a long look in the mirror to see how we should honor the one who gave us life.

The Independent Ledger conveys the history of Mother’s Day movement as having begun in 1905 when Ann Reeves Jarvis paved the way for this to become a national holiday.

However, there were movements toward this day as far back as the Civil War. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

While only one day is set aside to honor our mothers, we should not wait until then to rush out and buy something – anything – to give her if she is still living; but honor her every day of the year.

For those who have had to say a temporary good-bye to their mothers; let this be a day of honoring her memory by making sure her legacy lives on through you; so that current and future generations will know of her love and sacrifice.

A mother’s love begins the moment she knows that you are to be her blessed event – her sacrifice begins in that delivery room. The day a baby is born, it is dependent on its mother for its life; and as the cycle of life would have it, many mothers near the end of their lives, depend on their children.

This Sunday, May 11, 2014, is that day set aside to show your love and respect to your mother; but are you ready to show her just how much she means to you 365 /366 days of the year? Mothers change as we grow older.

They get older; but we are the ones who change.

Here are a couple of Facebook postings if you missed them:

“My promise to my children ~ I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare and hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed...because I LOVE YOU!

When you understand that, I will know you are a responsible adult. You will NEVER find someone who loves you, prays for you, cares about you, and worries about you more than I do!!!” Love, Your mother

Another: The things children say about their mothers at different ages.

At 3 yrs "Mommy, I love you".

At 10 yrs "Mom whatever".

At 16 yrs "My Mom is so annoying".

At 18 yrs "I wanna leave this house".

At 25 yrs "Mom, you were right".

At 30 yrs "I wanna go to Mom's house".

At 50 yrs "I don't wanna lose my Mom".

At 70 yrs "I would give up EVERYTHING for my Mom to be here with me".

In the United States, there are over 82.5 million mothers (source: US Census Bureau).

About 96% of American consumers take part in some way in Mother's Day (source: Hallmark). Americans will spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts, such as spa treatments, and $68 million on greeting cards (source: IBISWorld).

Mother's Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant (source: National Restaurant Association).

Mother's Day is widely reported as the peak day of the year for long distance telephone calls.

There are more than 23,000 florists in the United States with a total of more than 125,000 employees (source: US Census Bureau).

Retailers report that Mother's Day is the second highest gift-giving holiday in the United States (Christmas is the highest).

In Utah and Alaska, women on the average will have three children before the end of their childbearing years. Overall, the average in the United States is two (source: US Census Bureau).

In 2002, the 55% of American women with infant children were in the workforce, compared to 31% in 1976, and down from 59% in 1998. In 2002, there were 5.4 million stay-at-home mothers in the US (source: US Census Bureau).

What does M…O…T…H…E…R spell for you?

M - O - T - H - E - R

"M" is for the million things she gave me,

"O" means only that she's growing old,

"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,

"H" is for her heart of purest gold;

"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

"R" means right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"

A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

During this 100 year span, our family has seen seven generations of mothers.

This article is dedicated to my Mother, Bertie Stephens McCullough, born 1921 and pictured above, (and who was a twin), with her identical twin great-great granddaughters, Kaylee and Kylee. She lived to be 90 years old and dedicated her entire life to her five children. The cycle of life continues.

She has now joined her mother, Eve Iona Stephens, who was born in 1895, lived to be 93 years old and dedicated her life to her ten children.

She followed her mother Celia Elliot, born in 1872, who also lived to be in her 90th year and had three children. These were women who all believed in God, believed in family, loved their children and have inspired many hundreds of other mothers who have come after them.