Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. As per dictionary.com, the definition of “motherhood” as an adjective is “having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable”. As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of the many women who fit that description, yet are not celebrated at this time of year.
Some of these “mothers” nurture vulnerable children such as foster parents, caregivers, and teachers. Others are hard-working single moms of young children, widowed or divorced, who do not have a significant other to organize a celebration. Still others are women who serve as amazing role models or simply take time to give of themselves to help others in need of assistance. The caring and compassion these women display make them “mothers” whether or not they have their own children.
On a more personal note, this year will be my twenty-fourth year celebrating Mother’s Day both as a mom and a daughter. Growing up, dad made a big deal out of this special holiday which often included a brunch and at least one grandmother, though he made sure we understood that a mom’s tireless efforts should be appreciated all year long, not just on Mother’s Day. My husband continued the tradition with my boys in our home, though we did not live close enough to extended family to be able to include them. I feel blessed to be a mother and grateful to be a daughter and daughter-in-law to two wonderfully authentic and creative women, both of whom inspire me in different ways. I am also very fortunate to have many other magnificent women in my life that I will acknowledge this year on “Mother’s Day” as well.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on special women in your life who “mother” you!