Mother’s Day 2014 | The Older Years

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mom’s in the world!

It’s the 100th anniversary of this American holiday, the idea of which Anna Jarvis first conceived in 1908 as a day to honor sacrifices mothers made for their children. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Soon after becoming an official holiday, florists, card companies, and other merchants quickly began to capitalize on this day. This displeased Anna greatly, and she tried to get it removed from calendars as a national holiday. She completely disowned the holiday.

See also Mother’s Day’s Dark History.

But enough of that … cut to today: Mother’s Day – May 11, 2014

I’ve never been one to make a big to-do over any holiday. I’m not very good at planning things out and carrying them through. It’s not that I’d rather dismiss all holidays. Not at all! I just like to keep things low key and not go overboard.

Some seem to measure happiness based on the amount of hoopla surrounding special days. For me, it’s not about that. It’s about realizing the bliss that is right here naturally.

Bliss - Eat Pray Love

It stung a little when I learned through a social network post that one of my sons spent time yesterday at his future mother-in-law’s house, where her daughters planned a surprise indoor picnic. There was fun, laughter, and even dancing involved. But then I thought, “Why should that bother me?” He did try to see me, but I wasn’t home when he stopped by with flowers. I found them on my kitchen table when I returned home. I thought that was very special! A simple visit, a nice sentiment – that’s all it takes to warm my heart.

I was told to take off my shoes and put my feet up last night while my husband and daughters went out to pick up dinner so I didn’t have to cook. This morning, I received cards and chocolates. BLISS! I spent a large chunk of the day creating images, including the one above. More bliss!

And now… back to more blissful creating! Enjoy the rest of your special day, moms everywhere. May you find your bliss!

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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