I hope it is a Happy Mothers Day for you all today. A wondrous day set aside to celebrate and honour all mothers around the world. Mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adopted mothers, birth mothers, surrogate mothers, sisters as mothers, aunts as mothers, great grandmothers, great aunts, mentors, mother figures who have come into the role of motherhood to support and nurture in some way. There is nothing like being a mother to celebrate but just so you know it is even better to be a grandmother (or Rara, as I am affectionately called). For when a baby is born, so too is a grandmother. Yep, that’s me!
BUT do you know how valuable and worthy you are in your role as mother? Do you know the influence you have made upon, in word and deed, the life of your child(ren)? Mother bear and lioness come to mind. You have to know you make a difference every day and in every way. You touch intimately the life of your child (young or old) by your very breathing. Yes, YOU, you got the goods. Right from the first moment you held your wee babe in your arms, you became mother. I think of that story by Dr. Suess Are You My Mother? Yes, unequivocally irrevocably yes. Don’t have to search any more, little bird, mamas got you.
Of anyone, a mother knows first hand the gift and challenge of what it means to be a mother, figuring out how this thing called motherhood works as you parent and raise children. There are no rough drafts, dress rehearsals or edits, you don’t get a do over; nope (emphasis on the ‘p’) each day is a go for mama and child. On call 24/7. Oh goodness, there were so many days when I should have stayed in bed. I want to believe that I was patient, gentle, kind, forgiving, encouraging, nurturing, supporting, helpful, caring, protecting, reliable…okay lets not get carried away.
I need to say here that I am so grateful and thankful to those people in my life who have helped me to become a mother and be a mother to this day. What’s that old adage – “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a life time’ – or something along those lines. There is no way I could have done it on my own even though it felt like it at times. It is kind of funny when you think about it; being a mother does not come with any training manual. And yet, moms (along with dads) are responsible for another human being. HUMAN BEING!! You bet we need to celebrate Mothers Day. You, mothers, are AWESOME.
Special and gracious. I cannot express enough with words to truly capture all that my mom has given me over the years. To celebrate Mothers Day is a testament to her. Always near by. Best hugs ever. Devotes her life to family to care and well being. More of a doer than a talker, unlike my dad…thank the Lord. Bless her for giving me the best things of her as baker, cook, gardener, guide, sewer, listener, supporter, giver, popcorn maker…unconditionally giving. And when she speaks, it comes with wisdom beyond her years, laying the ground work for me to being a better person. Feisty, humble, honest (a bit too blunt at times), kind-hearted, loyal, forgiving, and stubborn too I might add. Just to keep things real…I know she does not like to be front and center; nor believe her worthy it seems. But to me, for me, in me, you were and are the cream of the crop for moms. So thank you for being mine every day .
And to two of my daughters who are mothers now…oh how proud I am of you. My middle daughter with her two children, 9-yrs old and 9 month old and my oldest just recently gave birth to her first, almost 2 months now. Mothers, both of you!! Woohoo. The love, tenderness, and protectiveness you have for your child(ren) make me weep with heartfelt joy and delight. You are learning that being a mother is a full time vocation – not job, not career – but a calling. The things you say and do with your children you give of yourself fully to them, unconditionally…you want to be a mother. Thank you. Patience is a virtue and you got it in spades. I can chuckle here as I recall old conversations about both of your thoughts on what kind of mother you wanted to be. Now you know. And you are learning quickly that IT IS NOT SO EASY. You may be a daughter, sister, partner, friend, colleague but today you are a mother. Happy Mothers Day.
Thinking of you all, living and passed, and hoping you know that you are loved and cherished in celebration and memory. Happy Mothers Day. Have a blessed week.
A blessing to mothers and grandmothers for Mothers Day. Enjoy.
Let us pray for those in need today and for all mothers giving strength and courage to walk and nurture the path of motherhood.