On this Mothers Day, it’s a lovely time to remember moms past and present. Even if our moms have passed on, their legacy is always with us. Our moms taught us everything we needed to be strong women. We might not have always agreed with our moms, but we love them just the same.
If you, like me, have never been a mother, I think you will find that you tend to “mother” friends, neighbors, family and pets. That’s mothering, and that counts. Even little girls, like my granddaughters, Ava and Juliette, mother their pets and their toys. Mothering is the purest and loveliest form of care; from the time we are helpless babies, we depend on our mothers. Our mothers teach us things that no one else can.
My own mother, who passed on in 2015, taught me everything I needed to be a strong and good woman. I still remember how she taught me to vaccuum when I was in school. Although I hate vaccuuming to this day, I know how to do it and do it well. She didn’t brook any of that “good enough” vaccuuming, either. There were days when I had to vacuum the whole house three times to meet her approval. This alone taught me that it pays to do a chore well right from the beginning.
Then there are women who, like me, never had children, so we mother our spouses, our pets, our friends and sometimes ourselves. For many years I lived by myself, and actually enjoyed it. When I came down with a bad cold, I mothered myself through it with chicken soup, hot baths, lots of rest and lots of books and TV. I didn’t feel one iota of guilt either. I was doing the mothering that I needed to do.
So, mothers everywhere, whether you mother children, pets, family members, neighbors and friends, you count. You are amazing. You are wonderful, loving, kind and generous mothers. Thank you for the love you give, the kindness you impart and the joy you bring to others.