May 06, 2009 It hardly seems fitting that just a single day is set aside to honor the moms of the world, those who are still with us and those who have gone before us.
Throughout the ages—for the vast majority of us lucky ones—mothers have been teachers, caregivers, counselors, cheerleaders, mentors, watchdogs, housekeepers, chefs, breadwinners, nurses, storytellers, masters of creativity and more. Though their ever-changing role is constantly evolving, a mother's unconditional love is never erased—it remains constant.
Mother's Day gives us all an opportunity to express a heartfelt thank you to those who've done so much to shape our lives, silently or in person. And that's where the lesson really lies. For those of us lucky enough to be able to do so in person or over the phone, this Sunday provides a perfect setting to do some friendly reminiscing, good-natured teasing or just plain old catching up. It's an opportunity that may, for some, even blossom into some sort of daily or weekly event.
Though it seems like our moms are ageless and timeless and will be around forever, the reality of life dictates otherwise. Don't miss an opportunity to say "thanks, mom."
One short day to honor and pay homage to the mysteries and strengths of motherhood may not be enough for many of us. But at least it's a reminder to show gratitude and respect for our moms, on Sunday and all year long.