I am not a mom, and I no longer have my mom in her earthly presence. However, I am surrounded by amazing women who are mothers and I was raised and still feel the strength and love from my own mother every day!
As a woman now in my 40’s, I frequently look back to the times in my teen and young adult days where I definitely took my mother for granted. I wrote about all of the ways I would love her fiercely today, in my “Love Fiercely, Now!” blog. I didn’t realize until I started to go through the realities of life, just how much she had to show up for me and my siblings while also desperately wanting to show up for herself. She rarely did the later. As a teen, I couldn’t understand her moments of frustration or why at times she seemed so tired. If I could only hold and hug her now I would say, “Mom, I understand. I see your strength and it is okay for you to rest.” I would tell her I was sorry for being a P.I.T.A most of the time and apologize for all of the times I rolled my eyes. I would tell her I knew she was doing the BEST she could. She loved me unconditionally, as do all of the moms I am surrounded by of their own children.
On Mother’s Day, you mamas deserve more than a card, more than a bunch of flowers. You deserve a deep look into your eyes, a hug that doesn’t let go and the words, “Thank you!” In fact, you deserve that everyday, not just on a Hallmark holiday.
Here are a few quotes for all of you moms, to show my gratitude and my love for you. You may not be my blood mother, but in the deepest connection of life we are all each other’s mothers. Happy Mother’s Day and Thank You!