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the forgotten parent behind mother's day

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the forgotten parent behind mother's day

the idea may seem obvious--celebrate moms!--but the origin of mother's day is surprisingly murky.the most common story is that it began in 1908, when a young woman named anna jarvis staged a mother's day at her west virginia church. it was a ceremony meant to honor all mothers, especially her own, who said before she died that she wished such a holiday existed. at least that's how jarvis, who by 1912 had quit her advertising job to boost the idea full-time, told it. the part she often skipped was that her mother ann had already organized her own mom-centric events.but those events were far more somber than celebratory. of the 13 children borne by the elder jarvis, four lived to adulthood....