Are you offended by the title of this article? You shouldn’t be! You should whole-heartedly agree with it!
The resolution for having a dedicated Mother’s Day was signed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mother’s Day with joy and devotion.
Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon-scribbled “I Love You”s.
However, I personally DON’T believe we should dedicate a day for this ritual and observance! I believe we should be honoring mothers EVERY day! One day isn’t enough to bestow enough praise, honor, appreciation and respect on women who have dedicated their lives to the service of so many others while wearing the many various “hats” needed to do so.
My mother was very young when we lost her as a result of an auto accident. She died on the same day my son was born in the same hospital. I’m not entirely certain I ever got over that dire circumstance.
Although we lost her at a young age, I have an unlimited number of very fond memories by which to remember this precious woman. I guess I best remember my mother as the person who, seeing there are only three pieces of pie left for our family of four people, promptly recalls that she never did care for pie!
I also vividly remember this angel I called “Mom” as a housekeeper, disciplinarian, teacher, caterer/short order cook/chef, nurse, plumber, electrician, role model, chauffeur, maid, butler, caretaker, cheerleader, referee, janitor, drill sergeant, commuter, policeman, prayer-warrior, social director, leader, team player, manager, visionary, mentor, coach, counselor, clown, travel agent, recreation creator, banker, communicator, negotiator, technician, computer whiz, task master, bookkeeper, peacekeeper, therapist, story teller, librarian, personal shopper, sports fan, entertainer, story teller, babysitter, activist, companion, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and mother!
I fully realize that I’m not the only one who recalls their mother with such reverence. However, there is a possibility that I may recall her astonishing attributes a little more often because I haven’t been able to celebrate with her for the past 34 years.
Therefore, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to do so, spend more time with your mother. Recognize, appreciate, and cherish the many things that make her so very special. And most importantly—tell her. Now and often!
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I want to thank you for such a beautiful article. I have copied it and placed it in my Mother’s Day cards to both my Mother, Mother-in-Law, and daughters….complete with tear stains.