I hope you were all able to enjoy Mother’s Day, spending it with those that meant the most to you. Whether it was the woman who gave birth to you, adopted you, or raised you; each woman in your life is special and deserving of the title “Mother.” This, of course, extends to those newer Moms out there who are newly pregnant or have young children. Enjoy the ride, take too many pictures and spend as much time as you possibly can with them. They grow up too fast, and you can’t makeup for the lost time.
With all the special gifts we can exchange over any holiday, the best gift to give is self esteem. Too many women of all ages are suffering, sometimes in silence due to not feeling adequate. You are all capable, beautiful, smart, and worthy! Remind yourself each day, and remind those wonderful women around you too. Let’s work hard to keep that gift going! Fresh flowers are always a bonus too.
Mother’s Day is more than a day to honor the woman who gave you life. This day and every day should be a day met with high praise for all Mother’s, whether they are biological or not, such as Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts or that family friend who took the kids in despite not being “family.” Every day should be a thank you, even if that day was a struggle. Sometimes we have to fight through the pain to realize they only wanted what was best for us. Sometimes that struggle was all too real and as an adult, you then realized how tough things were for her growing up and she did the best she could with the tools she had. Life isn’t a guarantee of perfection and promises but it is possible for all to do better and be better.
There is no specific definition or rule book on how to be a Mother. Yes, there are numerous experts that claim they have found the formula for Motherhood but can they really measure love? Can they really measure how many kisses given because you scraped your knee? Or crying because you graduated high school, college or beyond? That measure of pride and love is something no expert can compile. It is something personal and special, that bond beyond compare. I invite you to create something different this year for Mother’s Day. Make a book of memories that you want to share with your Mom and turn it into a keepsake for when you have your own children. This way you have something that can be passed through each generation as a symbol of what love is defined by in your family. I usually make photobooks, albums or scrapbook something. What will you do this year?