There is something wonderfully special about Mother’s Day. As a child, I loved celebrating my biological Mom because I loved her, looked up to her and knew that she appreciated our handwritten cards. My Dad would always get her a box of chocolates and some flowers. As an adult, I am grateful that I still have my Mom here to celebrate her on her day, but my view is different now that I am a Mom myself. I am more in awe of all she accomplished as we were growing up and I relish saying, “Mommy” and hugging her. Time flies by and I know that these moments are precious.
But I have been blessed in my life with many Mamas. I heartily agree with Oprah, “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” Many women who are not my biological Mom have taken me under their wings to nurture, to love and to tenderly hold my hand through tragedies and triumphs. My husband’s Mom is one of them. Mom, as I also refer to her, has seen me through it all. She is, all at once, wrapped up in a beautiful bow, my mom, my friend and my teacher. She has treated me with love, understanding and goodness from the moment I met her. She has taken me as if I were her daughter and I have eagerly relied on her as a Mom. Our loving bond is such that many people think she is my mom and not my mother-in-law. ♥
Today, for me, is a united day ~ a day when all the women I know share a commonality which continues to flourish in our lives. As caregivers, we share this day, whether we are biological Moms or not. I remember years ago when my hubby was the soccer coach of our son’s team. We had a game on Mother’s Day. The soccer moms of our team were a united front ~ we were very close and on that day, without ever talking with each other, each of us brought a small gift for every one of the Moms on the team! We had our own mini Mother’s Day celebration. It was unlike any other Mother’s Day game I’ve ever been to because it was spontaneous, it was utmost caring at its pinnacle. It is a memory that I cherish and every Mother’s Day I think of them and this morning was no exception. My phone has been beeping with texts from them, as even though the team is long gone and many of our boys are not close anymore, we all still have that special bond.
Happy Mother’s Day my phone beeps with little ♥ and hugs and kisses xoxo. It is that caring still that brings tears to my eyes. It is special and I am grateful for the connections that we still keep. And I think that’s what it’s all about ~ caring for each other, the way women do for others. It’s about sharing love, kindness and respect. It’s about being the best women we can be and holding each other’s hands while we do so. It’s about applauding the triumphs and hugging when there’s sadness. It’s about lending a hand, easing the pain and caring. It’s about connecting, sharing and bonding over life.
So to all of the dear Moms out there today, thank you for all you do for your family and friends. May the love you share come back to you today and everyday.
You make a difference in the lives you touch. I am blessed to know you and to love you!
P.S. This is one of my favorite photos of me ~ it’s from that Mother’s Day soccer game. Thanks SAngel for taking it! ♥