Happy Mothers Day to all woman who have nurtured and cared for a child, whether or not you gave birth to that child. It takes a village to raise a child and I appreciate all the women in my life who cared for or guided me in my path throughout life. Although mothers have an incredibly important place in our lives, they really could not have done it alone. Grandmothers, aunts, teachers, neighbors and oh so many more contributed to the development of the child and I would love to thank all of them for their input and their caring.
It is true, however, that mothers have that very special place in our hearts and in our lives. When we hurt, they were the first we ran to. Mom would kiss what hurt and make it better! As we got older, and the hurts were not just cuts and bruises, they would try to find the words to make us feel better and help us find a way to make the world make a little more sense. Although my mom is not on this earth any longer, I want to just take a moment to say, “Thanks.” You helped me to accept me and to appreciate my own uniqueness. You helped me to stand strong in what often is a confusing world. And most of all, you always made me feel loved. When life offered it’s greatest challenges leaving me confused and upset, you always let me feel things would work out and I was loved. I miss you Mom and I thank you.
Don’t let this day pass without letting your Mom and all the nurturing women in your life know how much you appreciate them. Take a moment to reflect. Give thanks. And most of all, honor your Mom and all of those exceptional woman who helped you to be the person you are today. Motherhood is a shared experience. Honor those who mothered you.