Today is Mother’s Day. In church, they did something special and had a mother stand up and say a few words about mothers. It prompted me to imagine what I would say if I was asked to speak about mothers.
I would say I’ve known many great mothers. I have been blessed greatly by own mother. She is positive, kind, giving, encouraging, loving, and helpful. She has a great spirit, she loves God and people, she shows up, she hugs, she laughs, she’s reliable. She brightens a room and knows what to say and feels deeply and is loyal and trustworthy. She continues to be an amazing example of love.
Besides my own mom, I have known many other mothers. I’ve known many women who are strong, courageous, determined and intelligent. Women who won’t take no for an answer and won’t accept “I can’t” from a child. These women hold other women up with their wisdom and understanding. Some of these women (you know who you are) have rescued me from the abyss of self doubt. These are women who get things done, who smile when they want to cry, who make a meal, lend a hand, and listen for hours. These mothers love their husbands, appreciate their kids and pray to God. These women tell me it’s normal to have a pre-teen slam a door in your face and that the rejection will one day replaced by gratitude. Women who understand IEPs and speech and OT and PT and can recommend Doctors and after all of that, will bring you a cup of coffee and just LISTEN. These women nod their head in understanding and offer a glass of wine, a good book, and some chocolate.
These women are present, aware, interested and interesting. These women are willing to learn, to grow, to share. These women are grown ups who are not perfect and aren’t trying to be. These women accept their own imperfections and embrace yours and they understand their own strengths and they celebrate yours. These women look into your eyes and see your heart and root for you. These are women who grace the world we live in with POWER, women who ENCOURAGE and ACCEPT not only all children, but ALL WOMEN. Women who know life isn’t perfect but they love it anyway. Women who show up, laugh, love deeply and make my life so much richer. Thank you for being one of these women.
Happy Mother’s Day!