“Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.”
Today is Mother’s Day. Being a mother is precious! I so appreciate spending this day with my daughter, Michelle, and son, David, when we can be together. They have grown into amazing adults; I continue to offer my motherly “wise suggestions,” but our relationship today is one of friendship. I love being with them and truly just hanging out.
This day is special not just because of my kids, but because it has been seventeen years since my own mother, Rosemary, passed away. She loved this day for all of the same reasons I do. It was a time for her to feel loved and proud of the five children she raised. Even though it has been all these years, I still feel emotional this week as I walk down the card aisle and look at all the Mother’s Day cards. My mom had a very difficult life, which contributed to my hard childhood, but the feelings of love I have for her are boundless. I cherish her memory even more on this day, which we set aside to honor mothers.
When I think of my mom, I often think of this line by the poet e.e. Cummings: “I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart. I am never without it. Anywhere I go you go, my dear.”
No matter what the trials and struggles of life may be, we can work through any traumas and difficulties from our past and emerge strong, loving, and confident. It means so much to me to know deeply that my mother is still with me in my heart. Her spirit is still here; her energy even fills the room sometimes! She was a very strong woman. The greatest thing she taught me was to be independent and never give up!
I know she is incredibly proud of the woman and mother I am today. Let’s face it: motherhood is not an easy job! When I was a little girl, I had no idea what went into being a mother! So, today, I emphatically say that it is the most difficult job on the planet! But despite its inherent difficulties and our basic lack of training on what to do, motherhood could just possibly be the most rewarding job in existence. And that’s the beauty of it! It is what keeps us prospering as a race, after all!
As we remember all mothers today, let us remember that at their core is the desire to love and be loved. We can honor motherhood as a long-lasting gift that truly keeps giving with each successive generation. We learn important life lessons from our mothers—gifts of experience—that we can then share with our own children, who then share it with their children…all around this great planet. It is a never-ending gift we carry in our hearts for always.