Another year has passed and Sunday will be Mother's Day once again. I have celebrated 40-plus years of motherhood and I still think it is the best thing that ever happened in my life. I should say the best "two things" in my life.
It doesn't matter how many children we have, one to 20, it is still a full-time job. It gives us the opportunity to be coaches, cheerleaders, chauffeurs, peacemakers, tutors, cooks, nurses, teachers and friends.
I always wanted to be like my mother, but I came up a little short. Thank goodness she was around to make up the difference while I was raising my children. I am thankful she is still here and still encourages me every day.
Like Christmas, Mother's Day gifts are commercialized, but most mothers will agree it is not the cost of the gift but the thought. A pretty card can make us cry. A phone call can make the day special. It doesn't have to be a big gift, just something from the heart.
We should let our mothers know how much we love and appreciate the sacrifices they made for us.
I have always thought a mother's love is unconditional. There were four of us (with only one bathroom) and we were typical teenagers and our mother continued to love us in spite of some of our "unloving" actions. She didn't kill any of us, but we did know not to cross the line. She believed in the scripture, "spare the rod, spoil the child," and she did not want spoiled children.
Still today I can't thank her enough for my upbringing, and her loving/caring nature.
Don't forget to call or go see your mother on Sunday. I have heard too many people say, "I wish I could just hear her voice one more time." Also, remember, it doesn't have to be Mother's Day for us to let our mothers know how we feel. There are 365 days in a year. If we say thank you and did something nice every day of the year for our mother, it still would not be too much.
My message to young mothers is to enjoy the time you have. They grow up fast. My message to older mothers is enjoy the grandchildren.
We can sit and smile as we hear our grown children using some of the same phrases they disliked so much during their growing up years, like "because I said so."
Happy Mother's Day to all.