Celebrated at different times, in different places throughout the world, it is a day of honor, of remembrance, of celebration. We honor mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds in community and their (and other mother-like figures’) influence throughout society.
Phone lines are likely doing extra overtime with all the calls and texts from sons and daughters wishing their mothers well and telling them: I love you. Three simple words, which mean so much and often bring tears to my eyes. To be a mom is the most wonderful thing in the world, to bring life into this world and mold that life, wishing the best for them, wishing for them to succeed you, to be better than you are, to go further and father than you have.
It is a day I think of my mom, and yes, also call her to wish her the best, tell her I miss her and love her, and ask about her health and happiness. To remind her that she is important and that I owe her so much for her love and understanding. I do not always thank her, like I should, but I always think of her, and not just today but every day - of the sacrifices she most likely endured to raise me and my brother; sacrifices I myself have made in raising my son, sacrifices I would gladly do again. When I became a mother myself so many years ago, I apologized for what I must have put her through in my teenage rebellion years - admit it, we’ve all had them so if you haven’t apologized to your mother, please take a moment to do so now.
Did you know that Mother’s Day started as an anti-war movement? I did not, though the info I found didn’t surprise me. Mothers are often known as the peacekeepers in their families, so why not try and spread that to the world in times of great need?
It is also a day to spend on me. Relax, go to the spa, get my nails done, or my feet pampered. A no-cook day, and so much more. As Moms we often do not invest in self-care. So how do you celebrate your mom? Perhaps you’d like to send her, or yourself, to a wonderful relaxing yoga retreat this fall. Me, along with several women, will spend a week in camaraderie, love, peace, sharing and giving. And I invite you to join us. See more information here.
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W. Anne Jones
A curious explorer, learning and growing. Join me as I travel the world one day at a time.