We’ve been officially honoring mothers for 100 years. Happy birthday, Mother’s Day.
A West Virginia activist — Ann Reeves Jarvis — is generally credited with inspiring the national holiday for which President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 9, 1914.
Mother’s Day was initially a day for Americans to display flags in honor of mothers whose sons had died in war.
It’s since grown to include all mothers, a time to thank them for giving us life, direction, hopes and dreams, and sometimes lunch money.
The Christian Science Monitor reports shoppers will spend nearly $20 billion on flowers, cards and dinners to present our mothers today.
Most of our moms are more like Roseanne than June Cleaver or Clair Huxtable, but most have one thing in common — they love their children unconditionally.
Deserved or not.
We asked area residents for stories about moms and found plenty examples of great ladies with multiple talents who earned their children’s respect.
“Mom … worked full time and painted pictures to keep herself sane her entire life, and played the guitar in the small band they formed to play at nursing homes and local events,” remembers Judy Crume of Portales.
“Her lifelong desire was to see the Louvre (museum in Paris), and God made it possible in the early 1980s before traveling became such a hassle.
“She said her greatest enjoyment was going to a watercolor workshop with (sister) Jany and me in 1989 — where we painted and laughed all week in Ruidoso!”
Trina Walley, a 1996 Clovis High graduate, has experienced the loud, proud love of her mother — Sarita Valdez — in public places.
“When I was marching during halftime with the CHS band, I could always hear my mom yelling my name over the roar of the crowd,” she reports. “Like, on the field, while marching, and playing.”
Muleshoe’s Mike Jones remembers his mother, Clara Lou Jones, creating beautiful paintings on clothes she wore.
“I was fortunate enough to have spent her last seven years living with her and helping take care of her,” he said.
Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
So it is with many of us.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the Portales News-Tribune’s editorial board, which consists of Publisher Mike Jensen and Editor David Stevens.