I want to wish every mommy a happy Mother's Day today. I would also, like to wish every child a happy Mother's Day as well. That may sound a little odd, but the older I get the more I realize that Mother's Day is more about the child celebrating their mom, not about a mother celebrating herself.
As a child, I enjoyed doing things for my mom, it was her day. I never thought about that fact that she was not only happy because she was a mom but because she still had her mom as well. If you have children of your own you know what I mean. I appreciate every little thing my children do for me, but all the while I am worrying about how to celebrate my mom. I have noticed this even more this year because my grandma passed away. I realize that my mom will appreciate everything I do for her but, she is heartbroken because her own mother is not here for her to celebrate.
This Mother's day I thought I would give her a little extra something. Our local paper allowed us to submit tributes to our moms and I took advantage of the opportunity. This is what I wrote...
"It's funny how time has a way of taking us full circle in life," I thought as I watched my mother lovingly care for her own mother.
The very woman who taught her to love and care for others now was reaping the benefits of those lessons. It was plain to see that my grandma did a wonderful job raising my mom; and in that moment, I had never been more proud of her. It was a relatively short time that Grandma needed constant care and supervision, but the days (and nights) were very long for my mom. Complaining was never heard from Mom's mouth, just gentle words to soothe all of Grandma's fears (and ours as well).
In those final days of my grandma's life, I realized just what a special mother I have, and how God has a way of giving you strength when you least expect it, but need it the most.
This is not just a tribute to my mom, but also to her mother who laid the foundation for us. As I look at my own children, I hope I can give them the love and guidance my mother and grandmother have given me. I also pray that I can be at least half the daughter to my mother that she was to hers.
Please enjoy your mom and do not take one day for granted.
Happy Mother's Day!