Let’s honor moms on the special day
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 this week. 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-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 this week. 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. 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 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.