Jackie Gingrich Cushman

In 1910, West Virginia recognized Mother's Day as an official holiday. Four years later, the U.S. Congress passed a law recognizing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. What had begun in 1865 was finally made official after 59 years of effort.

Originally begun as a day to reunite families, then as a way to honor a mother who had worked hard to connect families, Mother's Day lives on as a reminder of the importance not just of mothers, but also of families.

After all, that's what makes a mother a mother.

To all those mothers out there who, like me, find themselves engrossed in May madness, I have a suggestion: Take a minute, take a breath, and enjoy the zaniness and love around you. The timing is not a diabolical scheme to drive you over the edge; it's the celebration of a mother's life.

And as for possibly being just a bit crazy -- pay it no mind. I had always known that my mother was a little crazy. But it wasn't until after I had my own two children that I realized why. Her children drove her crazy at times, but she still loves us both, as good mothers do.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.