Let’s talk about Mother’s Day. Why not? This year marks the 100th year for celebration of this holiday in honor of mothers. It was 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 2nd Sunday in May to be the day we would observe the role of motherhood. The 1914 date is just a mark in time though. Even 40 years before the actual signing of the proclamation Ann Jarvis proposed a day to honor mothers.
Way back at the beginning of time, God had it in his mind that there would be mothers. Genesis 1:27 God created humankind in his own image, male and female he created them. God goes on to tell this new couple, to be fruitful and multiply. It was his plan for Adam to be a dad and for Eve to be a mom. In Adam named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. T Genesis 3:20 he issue with being the mother of all the living is that anything living takes a lot of maintenance and makes infinite demands. If you don’t believe me, read Genesis 4. Eve gave birth to Cain, then gave birth to Abel and that was also the birth of sibling rivalry. Moms have been running interference and acting as referees between brothers and sisters ever since.
About a year ago, Business Insider published an article that assessed the value of a mom’s responsibilities at $113,586 per year. They also estimated the average number of hours per week at 94, due to the significant number of tasks a mom performs. Cook, chauffeur, playroom supervisor, laundress, sanitation engineer, money manager, curator, caregiver, psychologist, and we’ve already covered referee. A quote from that same article said “The sad part — most mothers don’t give themselves much credit for their accomplishments.”
As husbands, sons and daughters, we should help often with these tasks that occur just because we are all living things. Especially today, remember the moms in your life provide nourishment for your body and soul, make sure you have clothes to wear when you go out, and a comfortable place to come home to. Moms sit with you when you’re sick and run all over town for you when you are well. Moms listen with their hearts, even when they don’t know what to say. Moms know all about you and love you anyway.
- Did you know there are approximately 2 billion moms in the world, roughly 90 million in the US? Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year for restaurant visits and it has the highest volume of phone calls of any other day.
- Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually: $671 million
- Total amount of money spent on flowers for Mother’s Day: $1.9 billion
- Percentage of dads who say they take over responsibilities for moms on Mother’s Day: 83%
I don’t know where you are on the statistics for restaurants, phone calls, cards, or flowers, but whether you’re husband, father, son, or daughter, I hope you’re one of the 83% living things who stands in for the mom in your life. For today, make her maintenance chores disappear and let her make the demands. That’s how to honor the mother of all living things.
Source of statistics: http://statisticbrain.com/mothers-day-statistics/