Mother's Day has not always been filled with flowers, chocolates and loving children.

The story of Mother's Day is involves two women whom neither had any children. One of the mothers was inspired by medieval traditions and had a surprisingly dark side however, the other came to regret she ever suggested the day.
If you take the advice of the second woman, you wouldn't even send a card. Greetings cards are for the lazy. A more earnest show of appreciation would involve giving a cake.
Mother's Day

The UK celebrates mother’s day on the fourth Sunday of Lent - 31 March this year - thanks to its revival of a medieval tradition called Mothering Sunday. But it took an American to give us the idea.

Anna Jarvis, of West Virgina, is the founder of modern Mother's Day. She organised the first in 1908, after the death of her own mother. By 1914 the US president had announced it a national holiday.
A British woman, Constance Adelaide Smith, was inspired by this success. But she was also afraid of an American celebration displacing British traditions, and campaigned to bring back its medieval incarnation instead.
Ms Smith was part of a wider trend in the early 20th Century that idealised what it saw as the greater social harmony of medieval England.

Pilgrimages to the "mother church" or cathedral were the focus of the medieval Mothering Sunday.
Yet these ancient traditions weren't as peaceful and unifying as Ms Smith believed. Parishes often got into brawls over who should go first in the procession.

In the 17th century, live-in apprentices and domestic servants began going home to visit their mothers.
But these visits had a very practical purpose, young people would check up on their families and bring food or money if needed.
One tradition of Mothering Sunday was the simnel cake. Named after the medieval word for fine flour, it was originally boiled and then baked. But by the 19th Century, it had become a saffron-hued fruitcake decorated with marzipan. It provided an easy means of bringing calorie-enriched food to hungry parents.
Flowers and cards were added later to the celebrations. Anna Jarvis also encouraged the wearing of white carnations, her mother's favourite, in honour of the day.
But she soon resented the commercialisation of her idea, she organised for boycotts of florists

By the time Constance Smith died in 1938, Mothering Sunday was said to be celebrated in all parishes in Britain and every country in the British empire.
In the US, Anna Jarvis's ambivalence about what she had created turned to regret. By 1943, she was so concerned at the commercial takeover of her holiday that she got together a petition to cancel Mother's Day.
People didn't listen, and she died penniless five years later in the Marshall Square Sanitarium in Philadelphia.
However, her bills were paid by the floral and greetings card companies that she had campaigned against.

Today many people are concerned about those who have lost their mother or parents who have lost a child as feel hurt and left out. Take today to appreciate the mother-figures in your life and celebrate their existence in your life!