They may be called mom, momma, grandma, mee-maw, granny, gran, gram, auntie or various other names that can mean mentor, teacher, protector, guider, and matriarch. Known by many titles, women can form solid bedrock of strength in our life through their efforts and energies. Though it is not a guarantee that all women will nurture those around them, there are many that expend their energies to do so.
Today is the recognized Mother’s Day holiday and I enjoyed recognizing my own mom and her role in my life today. She is such a tremendous example of love and wisdom. We have shared tears through laughter and over difficulties. We have challenged each other to learn different skills and shared many adventures. Girls trips, prayer times, history discussions, faith building, baking bread, singing songs, book reading, and confidence building are just a few of the things she has brought into my life. I thank her for being a mother who has parented passionately and intentionally, wanting to be the best mother possible.
There are also other women who have instilled good things into me. So many strong and vibrant women flash through my mind, who “mothered” me even though not my birth mother. Beyond women in my family who have also been an example, I wanted to mention a few others. My dear sisters who mother their own children and are a source of joy to watch, especially as I get to be an aunt! My Ohio mom who has been a voice of comfort in times when the world was falling down, and also lets me be silly and relax in my skin. A Kentucky Sunday School teacher provided me with a place to feel accepted when I felt so very out of my comfort zone. My dear Ena who passed away not terribly long ago, she was my baby sitter when I was a baby and a little girl. She kept me busy, loved, prayed over, and gave southern sweet tea as a treat. My eighth grade science teacher helped me bridge the move to Florida while being someone who could talk about NASA and explain math. We shared a common love of space and she is still so dear to me. Student teaching with two lovely ladies taught me about loving students and also maintaining energetic professionalism in a classroom. Challenged to think, laugh, explore, love, and grow – these women and so many more have been enormous influences in my life. I thank them and wish them Happy Mother’s Day!
You may or may not have children. You may have experienced the loss of a mom or a child. So many women suffer through this day instead of celebrating it, and to them I say let’s celebrate your influence in “momming” others around you!