Five score and 10 years ago, in the small town of Grafton, West Virginia, a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her late mother, whom had passed 3 years earlier. This was the first official observance of Mother’s Day. By virtue of a proclamation signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, it is a national holiday observed every 2nd Sunday in May. Though the names and dates differ for most, it is a day observed by 187 countries in honor those who loved you first: mothers. It’s a day I celebrate my own mother as well as other women who have been mothers to me at some point in my life like Mama Sanders or my late great-grandmother. I surely can’t forget about my younger sister or 3 of my co-best friends—Lisandra, Deondrea, and Jade. In this year of 2018, I get the distinct honor of adding my wife of 2 years to the long list of women I celebrate on the 2nd Sunday of the 5th month as she observes her 1st Mother’s Day as a first-time mother.
One of the world’s best-selling novelists, Agatha Christie, once said “a mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world”. As a son, grandson, son-in-law, and spiritual son, I have found this to be true. There is absolutely nothing like a mother’s love.
That written, I would like to introduce a very special series, here at The Book of Juan, called “A Mother’s Love”. I have asked a few women I know, whom are also mothers, to share their thoughts on being a mother. Over the course of this very special day, you will get a chance to read their awesome stories.