Mother’s Day is a celebration that, in my personal opinion, should be recognized and celebrated more than one day of the calendar year. Father’s Day as well, actually.
I understand that the point of Mother’s Day is to acknowledge all of the things our mothers do for us, but I think it goes a lot further than that. Having one day to celebrate the amazing women across the globe really does not compensate for everything they do for their families when you consider it.
For example, I got my own mom a gift for mother’s day, but I also wrote her a really personal and detailed card. In it, I attempted to put into words how grateful I am to have her as my mother, even though putting such gratitude into words truly isn’t possible. My mom loved her gift, but my card is what really touched her. Such simple and undervalued things can mean so much to the women in our lives.
On this day, I think it is essential to undoubtedly recognize mothers, but to also recognize women who are mothers to individuals that are not their ‘biological’ children. The term ‘mother’ is quite diverse, and within it lies women who are mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, widows, adoptive mothers, single mothers, and really any woman who has made sacrifices in her live to better a circumstance for someone other than herself. Women who are furthermore unable to have children certainly deserve recognition on mother’s day as well.
When I was younger, I used to write my mom a poem every year for mother’s day. My mom loved it, and she still has the poems I wrote sitting in frames on her desk. They were terrible poems, but they were filled with meaning, which is why they are likely so special to her.
Please thank the person you know as mom on her special day today, and let her know just how much you value and appreciate her.