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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - While Anna Jarvis might not approve if she were still alive today, many moms probably would enjoy a Mothers Day gift of flowers.The most difficult part of writing about Mother’s Day is remembering where to put the apostrophe. Is it a day of celebration for all mothers (Mothers’ Day), or is a day belonging to a single mother (Mother’s Day)? To ferret the answer, you must go back to the event’s founder, a West Virginian woman named Anna Jarvis.

Two years after her mother’s death on May 12, 1907, Anna held a memorial for her mom and embarked on a campaign to make the day a nationally recognized holiday that proved successful in 1914, and the International Mother’s Day Shrine was built in Grafton, W.Va to commemorate the accomplishment.

Luckily, Anna was very specific about the placement of the apostrophe in the holiday’s name: it was to be a singular possessive indicating each family was to honor its own mother rather than the plural possessive which would signify a commemoration of all mothers. Explained this way, the punctuation makes sense despite not being very intuitive.

In an ironic twist, Jarvis died in poverty, having spent her entire inheritance campaigning against the very holiday she created. She came to view the day as too commercial, especially in the giving of cards and chocolate. She said, "A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment!"

Anna never married and had no children herself — perhaps a small ironic blessing in itself.

Contrary to Anna’s wishes, the West Linn Adult Community Center will hold its annual Mother’s Day Tea celebrating all mothers—indeed, all women—next Monday, May 13, at noon. Out of respect, we will adhere to Anna’s spelling. Because of the popularity of the event, we are asking all those who would like to attend to make reservations ahead of time by paying the $13 fee at the front desk or by calling the center at 503-557-4704. Tickets will not be on sale at the door, so time is running out! Everyone is welcome, even those with Y-chromosomes.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Please call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Friday, May 10

In the morning, we have the Core Strength class and the Strength and Balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, Aerobics class and the Oil Painting group. The Whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve lasagna for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the Pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m., the Texas Hold ‘Em poker group will deal.

Monday, May 13

The Pixton Law Group will offer free legal consultations from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 to make one. In the morning we have Tai Chi, The Peripatetic Walkers, the Wood Carving group, Aerobics class, and Hand & Foot card game group. For lunch, we will have our annual Mother’s Day Tea. After lunch, the Bridge Group will meet, and the Pilates-Inspired Core Strength class will meet (off-site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14

Morning offerings at the WLACC include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and Gentle Yoga class. The “Honoring Our Memories” writing group also meets today from 10 a.m. to noon. Our Ukulele Group will strum together at 2 p.m. today, and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15

The Pilates-Inspired Core Strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, Chair Aerobics class, Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class, and the Gardening Club will meet today. The Line Dancing class meets from 11:00 to noon. At noon, we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. today as usual. At 12:30 p.m., the Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet. All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, May 16

The "Share Singers" group will visit The Springs at Clackamas Woods this morning. Our morning offerings at the Center include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class, and our Gentle Yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m., and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop! We have added many new donation and consignment items. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks, and well-behaved children.

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