Happy Mother’s Day!
As a mother, nothing excites me more than having my children show me that they love me. Gifts are nice and I will most certainly tell you that I like opening a present as much as the next person. But it is not the gift that makes Mother’s Day so special. It is the love and appreciation that is shown in the simplest ways. Seeing the smile on my child’s face and knowing that he really means it when he says ‘I love you, mom’ is the best gift of all.
What I like the most is having my children around me. Since they are grown and not living at home with me, the things I enjoy the most is just being around them. We don’t even have to do anything special.
Sharing a sandwich and chips is just as great as a steak and cheesecake.
When I think back on the times when my mother was living, I remember her smile, her laugh, and her love. Was she perfect? Not by the standards of this world, but she was a great mother. She loved me along with all the others and showed us some of the most important things in life even though she had her own set of struggles deep inside herself. You see, she suffered from mental depression all of her adult life. Her mother and my grandmother helped with the raising of the kids and household work. Mother had some good days and that is when her love shone forth. She made sure that every day before school she read a short vignette from a book called “Little Visits with God.” She made us sit at the breakfast table and hear it before leaving the house to catch the school bus. You did not have to eat breakfast, but you had to hear that story. She was teaching us that God was important.
She was able to drive and would many times drive to help family members in the next town and take them to the doctor or to run errands because they did not have a car of their own. She had plenty to do with six children of her own, but yet she took time to help others a little less fortunate simply because they asked. She was teaching us how to give and to love others.
Even though there were times that weren’t so good, if I focus on that, I will miss the really good things that my mother did for me. She taught me kindness, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and most of all love. I will admit that I had my struggles with loving my mother and one day I finally realized that I was expecting more of her than she was physically and emotionally able to give me. It was then that I could accept what she could give me and appreciate it to the fullest.
If you are reading this you have a mother, too. If she is still living, be sure and let her know how much you love her and appreciate her. Maybe you have had a lot of great times with her and it is easy to show the love back to her that she gave to you. You are blessed. Maybe like me, you have had some struggles with your mother for whatever reason. I encourage you to rise above those struggles and see her as a person first that faces the same things you do every day of your life. As you see her as a person, learn to love her as a mother.
You see before my mother died several years ago I was able to tell her that I love her and was glad that she was my mother. I thanked her for being my mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of the world!!