Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! I hope you all have a wonderful day and feel how appreciated you are. Mothers come in all forms, like a biological mother, an adopted mother, a mother-in-law, someone who is like a mother, though not blood related. Lately, (when I haven’t been wiping butts or puking in a toilet – updates later), I’ve been reflecting on the maternal figures I have in my life, and what they have all taught me about being a mom.
First and foremost, I think of my mom, who is amazing in so many ways. She has taught me how to be strong in the face of the challenges that life throws at us. She has always been a rock when facing family health issues, and kept our family strong. It took me a while to appreciate just how wonderful and generous she is (I dread having teenage daughters, especially if they are anything like me), but better late than never I think. I’m so thankful that she comes each week to spend the day with us, and that my kids are growing up knowing her and loving her!
I also think of my wonderful mother-in-law, who I am lucky to have! I really hit the lottery in the in-law department. She also has taught me to be strong and loving and that family is everything. I am so thankful we have a good relationship and that she gets to spend so much time with my kids! I’m appreciative of everything she does for us.
I could never forget a mother I was so fortunate to have been introduced to, the mother of triplets that she was kind enough to let me take care of. She was probably the first mom that I said, “I want to be just like her.” Besides taking me in as part of the family (which enabled me to meet my husband), she taught me to not care what other people think, and to speak up for what you believe in, and for what’s best for your family.
I also think of the mother whom I’ve grown to love as a mother figure and a grandmother to my children, who is the sweetest, kindest person I have ever met. She makes me appreciate my children even more, especially on the tough days. She helps take care of my family, and is so generous with her time. We are lucky to have her in our lives! She has taught me about unconditional love, and never giving up on your family members, even when the relationship is strained.
Also in my thoughts is the mother of my oldest best friend, who has always taken care of me, my dogs and now my kids. I swear she has a sixth sense for when I’m having a tough day and need Starbuck’s. She has taught me about generosity, and about being unashamed to be yourself.
Outside of these, I also take lessons from other moms like sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, coworkers, online mom friends, my mom’s group and other moms I’ve come across in my life. I’ve been influenced by so many great women, and have been fortunate to have had my path cross theirs, even briefly.
All of these maternal figures have shaped me into the mother that I am, so to those that tell me what good mom I am, it’s because of these wonderful examples around me! Thank you to all of the moms in my life. I hope you all know how much I have appreciated having you in my life.