Happy Mother's Day!!!
The celebration of Mother's Day goes all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They held an annual festival in honor of the goddess Isis. Isis was regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs.
So, as you see, Mother's Day has been around for centuries. I find it sad that once upon a time people and society would celebrate goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers.
What I have learned is, the personal touch of celebrating Mother's Day is a somewhat new thing. It has only been in the last few centuries that celebration on Mother's Day actually turned into celebrating the woman who gave you life. The one who cared for you as a child through your adulthood.
Being a mother doesn't necessarily mean you have to have birthed a child. There are many ways to become a mother. One could become a mother through adoption, surragacy, fostering, loving someone as a "mother" would, or any number of ways. Being a mother means you care with your whole heart. You love unconditionally, forgive always, nurture, teach, guide, nurse, your child (as well as many other things). You do this from birth (or the time they become your child), until death. There is something in your heart, your soul even that won't allow you to not love this child, this person who calls you "Mom". You would give your own life for them. You would sacrifice your own happiness at times for their happiness. It is part of the nurturing part of being a mother.
You are happy when they are happy, you are sad when they are sad. When their heart breaks into a million pieces so does yours. Only your heart is breaking as you help pick up the pieces of their heart and gently hold it in your hands, and love it back together again. You give your child wings to grow and learn. You watch them make mistakes, sometimes really big ones. Then you are there to help them out of their mess. How ever many times it takes. You stand your ground, and have standards, and at the same time balance the love and affection you feel for them. You hold your breath with each step they make, praying they won't trip and fall. And when they do. . .and yes. . they do. . .you are there to hold their hand until they get their footing again.
Being a mother means holding them when they are crying, little and big. Wiping their brow when they are sick, no matter the age. And knowing that one day, they will move on. They will start their own lives with their own families and you will no longer be their everything. You will be the one sitting in the background silently cheering them on to the victory in life.
And in your mind you quietly pray that you instilled in them all that is important about life. All that will keep them safe and honest and good. You pray that you have been a good teacher about what it means to love unconditionally. What it means to care for someone as well as taking care of someone. You pray that one day, when you are really old and febble, they will remember all the times you held them close and wiped their brow. You silently pray that they will in your old age, come back from their busy lifes and care for you with the same love and compassion you have given to them since their first breath.
See, being a mother is not one thing or another. It is alot of things. There are many ways to become a mother. There are many ways to have children. You cannot have too many mothers, too many people loving you as a mother does.
On this day, I salute all the mother's. I want my mother's to know how much I appreciate them. How much I love them and how grateful I am that they are a part of my life. I am who I am today because of the Mother's in my life. What I have recently learned is that life is a precious gift. You never know when it will be snatched away from you. You may have one day or you may have 50 years left with your mother. Never take the time for granted. Love your mother with all your heart and tell celebrate her life today; the life she has and the life she has given to you.
Happy Mother's Day!!