Cel­e­brate moms every­where

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

We’ve all got one some­where. Whether they are with us phys­i­cally, liv­ing right down the street or in the apart­ment down­stairs; spir­i­tu­ally, call­ing to check up on us from the other side of the state or coun­try; or in me­mory, per­haps smil­ing down on us from a well-de­served peace­ful af­ter­life — we all have a mother.

Moth­ers come in many shapes and sizes, and of­ten wear many hats and go by many names, the most her­alded of which is “Mom.” Some of these beloved moms have sac­ri­ficed much, cut­ting a ca­reer path short to stay home and raise their fam­ily. These are lov­ing and de­voted women, and their hard work day in and day out isn’t al­ways ac­knowl­edged.

Let’s ac­knowl­edge those moms to­day.

Other moms, known as the “work­ing moms,” sac­ri­fice time spent at home in or­der to work one, some­times two jobs to put food on their fam­ily’s ta­ble. No less de­voted to their chil­dren than the stay-at-home moth­ers, these moms jug­gle many pre­cious facets of life, typ­i­cally with­out any more re­ward than watch­ing their lit­tle ones grow up to be healthy and make wise choices. No one quite un­der­stands the chal­lenges and the im­por­tance of this like the sin­gle mom, whose daily her­culean bal­ance of work and home life of­ten goes un­no­ticed. Let’s no­tice her to­day. There are step­moms, adop­tive moms, fos­ter moms and other dearly loved le­gal guardians who stepped into their mom shoes un­der less tra­di­tional means. Moms are all around us, striv­ing to raise more de­cent hu­man be­ings in this world, gen­er­ally with­out re­ceiv­ing much due credit or ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Let’s ap­pre­ci­ate them to­day. With Mother’s Day fast upon us, we en­cour­age all our read­ers to show those spe­cial ma­tri­archs in their life just how loved and re­spected they re­ally are. Make plans to spend this Sun­day with your mother. Or, if she has since passed on, set aside some time to re­mem­ber happy times shared to­gether or last­ing words of ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment she gave you, and honor her me­mory by thank­ing an­other mom you know, be it your wife, aunt or other fe­male rel­a­tive or friend who’s put in the time help­ing to bring up a child or two, or seven.

If Mom’s not lo­cal, send her a card with a mes­sage from the heart, with or with­out a gift at­tached. Even a sim­ple phone call to let her know you’re think­ing of her on the day that hon­ors moth­ers can go a long way to bright­en­ing up her week­end.

And for all of our “mom” read­ers out there, we want to say thank you for all you’ve done or are still do­ing, rais­ing the fu­ture of our com­mu­nity and our world. We rec­og­nize the hard work you put in ev­ery day, from the sleep­less nights spent awake with an in­fant to the golden years when you still place that wor­ried call to your son or daugh­ter to of­fer sup­port and some sage ad­vice dur­ing a cri­sis.

We see you, and we thank you. To­day and ev­ery day. Happy Mother’s Day.

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