In 1907 Anna M. Jarvis, a West Virginian spinster greatly mourning her mom's death, began a letter-writing campaign. She wanted to establish a national celebration in reverence of American motherhood. Ms. Jarvis met with great success. Most states soon adopted the holiday and the House of Representatives unanimously voted that all officials of the federal government wear a tributary white carnation on the second Sunday in May. Recognizing the awesome clout of a congressionally mandated boutonniere, in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into law. Nevertheless, it's a safe bet that mama Delia Byrd received neither FTD bouquet, nor Hallmark Card, nor Russell Stover's sampler last Sunday—at least not the Delia Byrd who opens New York... More >>>