Mother’s Day was founded in the United States by Anna Jarvis and was originally dedicated to mothers as a day of quiet celebrations and prayer. Over the years, Mother’s Day has evolved to a much more commercialized celebration.


1. Resolution – signed on May 8, 1914 to set aside the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.


2. Countries – The United States, United Kingdom, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey,  Australia, Mexico, and Canada (to name only a few) take the opportunity to pay tribute to mothers.


3. Gifts – Flowers, cards, and are given to mothers to say “Thank You”; florists love Mother’s Day since their business increases 10 fold.


4. Interesting trivia – The youngest mother was a bit over 11 years old when she gave birth to a 6 1/2 pound baby boy, and the oldest mother was sixty-five when she delivered a baby boy. This was her first child.


5. Most children – Between 1725 and 1765, a mother inRussiagave birth to at least sixty-nine children. All but two of these children made it to childhood. This mother deserves a Medal.


On a personal note, I lost my mom, her maiden name was Goldie Elverna Criswell (“Verna” to her friends) to cancer in September 1983, almost 29 years ago and it seems just yesterday.  I miss her and I know she is proud of me and my family – her grandchildren.


A couple of weeks ago, we were sitting around after Sunday dinner and were talking about my mom and the limited opportunities she had growing up on the Swenson Ranch near Throckmorton, TX.  Her Dad, Robert Criswell, was one of the ranch foremen.  The depression in west Texas during her adolescent years was severe and life was more about surviving than living.  One of the highlights of her teenage years was being selected to represent the Swenson Ranch as a Rodeo Queen at the Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show, now known as the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.  My guess is that this was around 1937.  She was able to ride in the Grand Entry Parade and as a prize for being selected, she was given a pair of hand-made boots – which she passed on to me.


I found them in my dusty trunk in the garage.  These are fancy riding boots, now about 75 years old, with a steep heel and her name, “ELVERNA” stitched across the throat.  I passed them on to my daughter, Reagan, who fell in love with them.  By the way, the boots fit her perfectly, and I must say, are quite fashionable today…the circle of life continues.


Give your mother, if you can, a big hug and a kiss on this special day. After all where would we be without our mothers?

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