Mother is a simple word, yet no other word provokes such universally powerful emotion and resonates so completely with almost everyone. As Mother's Day is at hand, most of us will be thinking of the important mothers that we have known. Mothers can be our birth mothers, our adoptive mothers or women that have otherwise mothered us.
I came from a family of six, and my mother surely must have been overwhelmed at times. I have always admired her strength of character, her sense of humor and her indefatigable spirit.
I was also mothered by my middle sister. She mothered me in ways that were important and unforgettable. She was beautiful, popular, the queen of her prom and when she was around, I wanted to be near her. Sometimes when she went on dates, she took me with her; can you imagine?
She took me to my first day of school, made me award-winning Halloween costumes and so much more. In hindsight, I guess she must have felt as bonded to me as I did to her. I have never forgotten her kindness, thoughtfulness and tenderness toward me. Just about everyone has been mothered by a surrogate mother at some time; I encourage you to remember them on mother's day along with your mother.
Motherhood is forever; it cannot be undone. Women take their children into their hearts unconditionally, regardless of whether they are the birth mother. While mom is engaged in rearing a child or children, she is expected to do everything that she did before she became a mom, including working a job outside the home in many cases. Moms are expected to be counselors, teachers, cooks, laundresses, chauffeurs and so much more. We expect moms to always be tenderhearted, yet tough as whalebone too when called for. Mothers are so critically important to children that some have suggested the greatest gift that a man can give his children is to love their mother.
Mother's day is a day to honor one of the most important persons that you know. Though our expressions of thanks to her seem so inadequate for all she has done, she will love whatever we do. That is what moms do. Thanks, Mom. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org