By Mary Alice Adams
With masses soft of snowy hair
With dear face lined by heavy care,
A weary child, my head found rest
Safe cradled there upon her breast,
Now older grown, my aching heart
Finds refuge there from pain and hurt, my Mother.
And Heaven itself, all pearl and gold,
Will lovlier be, because 'twill hold my Mother.
--Minnie E. Kennedy.
The inspiration that caused Miss Anna Jarvis, of Philadelphia, to conceive the idea of celebrating Mother's Day must have been God given. It was in 1908 while she was a Sunday School teacher in Philadelphia.
On May 8, a few weeks before the first World War began, President Wilson issued the formal proclamation establishing the holiday.
The idea spread over the nation and rapidly took hold of the heart=strings of all people. Now it is the most beautiful fewtal day of the year. We wear the red rose for the mothers that are still with us and the white for the dear mothers who have left us....