Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. The first Mother’s Day was born. She subsequently began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in America and was successful in 1914. A mere 6 years later, she was already bemoaning the excessive commercialization of the holiday, having it co-opted by big business and big bucks.
Anna Jarvis who was grateful that her mother encouraged her to attend college and complete her diploma (she was the tenth of thirteen children, not all of whom survived infancy). After graduation, Anna spent a year as a bank teller, then went on to become Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company’s first female literary and advertising editor, about which her mother was quite proud.
So in memory and honor of Anna Jarvis and her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis, perhaps celebrate this Mother’s Day by hand writing or drawing a card, and if a present is on the list, maybe support local businesses, eateries, artisans, and artists—which will support a lot of local mothers!
I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it. (Ann Reeves Jarvis, c. 1876)
At Chef Center in Pasadena on May 9th, small businesses will have handmade treats for sale, which might be a perfect way to say, “Thanks, Mom.”
Vendors at A Mother Love Market:
Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake cupcakes may be found at Shelly Hiddleson’s Shelly Hospitality. A Pasadena resident, Shelly makes seasonal folk-art cakes and hand-crafted sweets. She strives to keep her recipes simple and “honest,” in honor of her Gramma Lorraine. Other products include New York-style crumb cake, gluten-free blueberry buckle muffins, and cakes that she ships with bags of frosting included, so the receiver gets a little fun out of it, too. Her carrot cake with cream cheese frosting receives rave reviews. Free delivery in Los Angeles Metro and San Gabriel Valley.
Coldwater Canyon Provisions offers small batch, organic and pesticide-free jams, marmalades, relishes, and chutneys. Their tarragon cherries, spiced crab apples, and strawberry-rhubarb jam are award-winners.
Another vendor will be Marco Paolo Chocolates. RKS Designs visited owner Mark Lewis at his Pasadena workspace. “While painting the molds her entered a kind of trance. He was extremely focused, meditative even,” reports RKS Designer Ben Hickman. “It took him several times to realize I was talking to him.” (From RKSDesign.com)
A Mother Lover Market
Friday, May 9th, 6-9 p.m.
Chef Center, 45 N. San Gabriel Blvd., Pasadena 91107
For more info, visit Yelp.com/Events
Anna Jarvis information from Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day (2014) by Katherine Lane Antolini.