I know that Mother's Day can be a sensitive time for some people. Women who want to be mothers but can't be. Children, no matter their age, who have lost their mother or whose mothers are not part of their life for whatever reason. Mothers who feel guilty for not being as good a mother as they wanted to be.
Not everyone who wants to be a mother can be. And not everyone has the kind of relationship they want to have with their mother. But I do believe that Mother's Day can be a celebration of all women. A mother is someone who loves, cares for, and nurtures. And though my own mother takes the top spot, many other women have loved, cared for, and nurtured me through the years.
My mother bore me, raised me, taught me, and has always loved me no matter what.
Many of my aunts have given me that extra long hug when I needed it and been there for me to talk to through my childhood and my adulthood.
My sisters have listened to me and helped me through the experience of being a mother myself. I can't imagine that journey without them.
My good friends have been listened to me, laughed and cried with me, and watched out for me for many years.
My husband's mother and grandmothers have been amazing grandmothers to my children.
And for that mom guilt, this is my favorite quote about motherhood.
"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation
is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and
abilities, and certainly different children. ... What matters is that a mother loves
her children deeply." - M. Russell Ballard