To Mom With Love
● By Aimee Cormier
By Shanna Perkins
The tradition of celebrating motherhood can be traced back to the Greeks and the Romans. However, Mother’s Day as we know it was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis. She established the day as a way to honor her own mother Ann Reeve Jarvis. She later denounced the holiday for its commercialization and spent the rest of her life trying to get it removed from the calendar. Alas, the holiday and its commercialization remain. However, all moms know it isn’t the most lavish gifts that mean the most. Proving just that, moms from around Acadiana share what they consider to be the most special Mother’s Day gift they ever received.
“The best Mother ‘s Day present I have ever received was having my premature baby come home from the hospital the day before Mother’s Day in 2009. She was born three months before her due date and weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces. She was in the hospital for two months after she was born. She has truly been our miracle baby. To have all six children under one roof that year was a true blessing.”
– Darla Louviere
“The year after my husband and I got divorced, my sons didn’t get to go shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for me. My ex-husband took them out on his boat the day before Mother’s Day. My sons picked up a shell for me at one of the beaches they stopped at. That was almost 16 years ago and I still have it to this day. It does a mother’s heart good to know that she raised such thoughtful children.”
– Sabrina D. Werth
“One year, I received a video and photo tribute on DVD. My kids put it together without me knowing. They even wrote poems to me. I thought I would cry forever. It was absolutely perfect, beautiful and very well thought out. They are all teenagers now, but this was done when they were a good bit younger. It was so touching that they all put their heads together to come up with something so priceless. It was the best gift ever.
– Dawn Dugas Theriot
“The birth of my first child was on Mother’s Day. He still reminds me every year that his birthday falls on that Sunday.”
– Dianna Parrie