In Praise of Mothers

May 8, 2013 in Mini Moments

Mother’s Day is about to celebrate its 99th official year as a notable holiday honoring the efforts of mothers everywhere.  Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day in 1914.  Though perfect mothers may not exist, most of us realize how much influence a nurturing and loving mother has on our lives.  When Winston Churchill was being asked to list the teachers who had influenced him the most, he said he didn’t want to forget the most important one of all, his mother.  Even Abraham Lincoln noted that he owed all that he was to his honorable mother.

Safe to say that mothers are not all created equally, but the gifts of good mothers are never-ending for these are the women, who taught us things like…

showing respect to others

seeking our own potential to become all that we could be

thinking twice before acting

finding the joy of stretching our imaginations

how to be a good friend

the blessing of thoughtfulness

importance of faith and having a strong spirit

kindness and gentleness

appreciation for all living things

finding the joy in little moments…

 

The list could go on and on,and you too have a list that you could create of those positive things you observed or learned from the woman who gave you life.  This is a great week to offer some thanks and praise to your one and only mom, the one who helped you become the person you are today.  It’s interesting how few positive and loving quotes exist to describe mothers, but I love the idea that we have words in our vocabulary that attribute the ideals of motherhood when we speak of “Mother Earth” or even the brains behind a computer contained on a “motherboard.”  For all the women who have given you a sense of what it means to be a loving mother, return the favor and send them a little love.

After all, you’re never too old to appreciate those little things only a mom can do.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful women out there who strive to raise children to become accomplished and contributing adults.

 

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