For everything Mother’s do



Math Teacher Mrs. Drever and her son Cody Drever at the Owatonna High School.

Lauren Bangs, Writer

Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate how amazing moms are through appreciative gifts, hugs or other kind gestures. People look up to their mother’s because they are caregivers and provide for their every need. This day is to show respect to mothers by showing them how much they are appreciated.

The beginning of Mother’s Day dates back to the 19th century where Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for children. These clubs became a unified force in the region due to the division of the country from the civil war. In 1868 Jarvis started “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” in which mothers, former union and confederate soldiers gathered to promote reconciliation. 

History teacher Patrick Churchill said, “The mom is the rock of the family making sure everything gets done that needs to get done, always making sure we’re where we need to be.”

The abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe became another precursor to Mother’s Day. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” which was a call to action that asked mothers to promote world peace together. In 1873, Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June which would have mothers grow peace in the world.

The official beginning of Mother’s Day arose in the 1900s when Anna Jarvis’ mother, Ann Jarvis, passed away in 1905. Anna Jarvis conceived the idea of Mother’s Day as a way to honor her mother and for all mothers’ sacrifices made for their children and family.

Moms are not only the care giver in the home but they also teach valuable lessons. Mr. Churchill said, “That’s what I learned most from my mom is just how important family is and how she’s willing to do anything for anybody at any time.”

That’s what I learned most from my mom is just how important family is and how she’s willing to do anything for anybody at any time.

— Patrick Churchill

Moms are the glue of the household and they are teachers to their kids on social and life skills. English teacher Polly Shives said, “My mom showed me that no matter how bad things are, believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.” 

Moms are people who give comfort and kids look up to their mom for support and aid. Junior Joey Pirkl said, “My mom has taught me how to act and grow up in the world.”

From another perspective, moms feel the love of their children through things that they show them.

Freshman Lauren Packard said, “I show my appreciation to my mom by helping her around the house if she needs it.”

I show my appreciation to my mom by helping her around the house if she needs it.

— Lauren Packard

Moms appreciate these small gifts for their kids whether it was meant for her or not. Mrs. Shives said, “Being a mom is the most wonderful experience a human can have! You watch these little babies grow and learn and become people with opinions and feelings and ambitions, and you hope you did your best.”

Moms appreciate everything their kids do but they also love just taking care and watching their children grow up to be adults and independent people.

As mother’s around the world get celebrated on this joyous day, they deserve to get shown how much their kids appreciate them everyday. Gifts like flowers, a card, personalized art or just an act of kindness like cleaning the house or making food are all ways to show appreciation towards mothers. 

Packard said, “My family and I are making her a fancy breakfast for Mother’s Day.” There are many different ways to celebrate a mother on this day but make sure to show love to the person that has given you the life you know today.

Show love and appreciation to mothers this Mother’s Day on May 14, 2023.