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Area mom celebrates special Mother's Day

By Ryan Whelchel

Sunday is going to be an extra special Mother's Day for Nanette and Patrick Pridgen.

The parents of newly born Grace, and parents of 2-year-old Parker, have just returned home from Southern Regional Medical Center Friday just in time to celebrate Mother's Day.

She and her entire family are very excited about the new addition and are looking forward to Mother's Day weekend. Keeping up with the Pridgen family tradition that has been set for a couple of years, the couple will celebrate the big day with both of their families with brunch at the Westin Hotel in Atlanta.

Nanette admits she was apprehensive about bringing her first born child (Parker), out of the home right away two years ago, but she feels time with her family on Mother's Day is a great occasion. She's looking forward to a little bit of well deserved rest, but you can tell by the energy in her voice that she is looking forward to her increased role as a mother.

Statistics show there will be a lot of new mothers in Henry and Clayton counties who will be celebrating Mother's Day.

The birth rate for Clayton County in 2001 was 4,596, while in 2002 it rose to 4,860. In Henry County the birth rate in 2001 was 1,820, while in 2002 the birth rate only rose a little to 1,859.

Area merchants say they will also be doing a little resting on Sunday after a very busy week leading up to Mother's Day.

Barry Bugala from Conner's Flowers and Gifts, said it is the busiest day in the entire floral industry. It is just about the only holiday in the floral year that just about every store has specials just for Mother's Day.

Morrow Florist and Gift Shops said things were also super busy with preparations and flower and gift orders on Friday.

Brenda Griggers, manager of Gloria's Hallmark, said, "We began selling Mother's Day cards right before Easter, and now we're sold out."

The earliest time that Mother's Day has been known to be celebrated can be traced back to Ancient Greece to pay honor to Rhea, who was the "Mother of Gods."

Since then it has been celebrated many different ways in many different places. In England in the 1600s it was known as "Mothering Sunday." It was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor all the mothers of England. Even servants who were moved away to live with their employers were encouraged by their employers to return home to celebrate Mother's Day with their families.

Movements to begin a holiday actually titled Mother's Day began in the late 1800's in the United States. By 1914, it was made as an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson. It was to be held every second Sunday of May.

Mother's Day is a holiday that is held throughout the world in many countries, but not all of them are held at the same time. But other countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Austria, and Belgium all celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

According to Eugenia Pryor, retail supervisor at the Stockbridge Post Office, their revenue also increases just like the floral and gift shops do. Also at this time there is an increase in express mail for those who want to make sure they get their mail it there exactly on Mother's Day, or just in case they remembered at the last minute. Pryor also says it is noticeable that Mother's Day is soon approaching because there is an increase in the number of pink envelopes that are being circulated.