Most of us have been blessed with great mothers. And it’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of the roles they played during our formative years.
It was our mothers who gave us unconditional love and constant encouragement, our mothers who taught us how to read and the importance of saying “please” and “thank you,” and our mothers who were there when we came home from school, making our house a warm and loving place. It was our mothers who bought the outfits we wore and made our breakfasts and packed our school lunches and snapped the photos that went into the family albums. In the rankings of influential people in our lives, mothers are always going to be somewhere at the top of the list.
Many of us tend to take our parents for granted. After all, they were always there, as our mothers and fathers, doing the stuff that Moms and Dads do, and it’s not hard to forget that they had lives before we arrived on the scene. But they did, and at some point they made the conscious decision to become mothers and fathers and take on a crucial, lifelong commitment that would never have existed otherwise. Without those decisions, we wouldn’t be here. As the years have passed, with both of my parents gone, I’ve thought about that more and more, and wished there was some way I could repay them for everything they did — but of course that opportunity has passed.
I had a great Mom, and I’m married to one, too. Here’s to all of the great Moms out there who are doing the essential things that mothers do to help mold the decent, caring people we encounter every day. Happy Mother’s Day!