Maid, waitress, chef, teacher, nurse, doctor, stylist, interpreter, linguist, shopper, bath aide, nutritionist, coach, dentist, secretary. Motherhood. There is nothing like it and this list is just the tip of the iceberg when naming a few of the roles that mothers willingly take on daily for their children. With the wearing of many hats, it is no surprise to consider all a woman will do in order to be the best possible version of herself for her child(ren). Mother's Day should be and is, in fact, every day. There is no love quite like the love a mother has for her child. She will do anything and go to the ends of the earth for her baby, which by the way, no matter the age of the child, will forever be considered momma's baby. For a mother, it is easier to grasp that deep, intricate love. However, children may find it difficult to fully express their love in return. For a child, they often think of gifts as a way to show their love, or crafts that they have made. While there is no way to sum up the love a child has for their mother in a gift form, any mother would tell you that something handmade by their child is the perfect gift, because their love and attention was poured into the creation. What a pure treasure it is for a mother to receive something handmade from her child.
While Mother's Day is a special day carved out of the year to honor these incredible women in our lives, let us acknowledge and remember the unique ways motherhood plays out in this life, as well as the diversity motherhood carries. From the mothers who have a nanny for their children, to the single mother making a way, the mother with multiple children and a husband, the mother-in-law, the step-mother, the mother who adopted, the mother who used a surrogate, the mother who had a natural birth, the mother who had a cesarean section, the mother who used an epidural, the mother who had no help with labor pain. To the mothers who stay home, mothers who work outside of the home, mothers who travel for work and endure leaving their babe for days at a time, mothers who breastfed exclusively, to the mothers who chose formula. As you can see, there are so many ways mothers are to be celebrated, with so many uniquely tailored and beautiful lifestyles. All of them unique and special, doing what is best for their child. That is what motherhood is all about after all, figuring out what works best for them. While Mother's Day comes as a happy day of gathering with family, food, drink, and fun for many, there is also a painful sting to it for many others. Sometimes it is easier to bypass a difficult situation, or to ignore a painful area of life, however, it is not the thoughtful thing to do, nor is it emotional healthy. It is so important to keep the hurting mothers at the forefront of our minds, especially on Mother's Day. With a deeply broken heart, mothers who have experienced the most delicate of times with the loss of a child should not be forgotten. To the mother who is experiencing the loss of her child, to the mother who has miscarried at any gestational age, to the woman who so desperately wants to become a mother, but struggles with infertility. The mother who delivered her sleeping baby. The mother who lost her baby seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years after birth. The mother who is hurting. The one who is dreading this day, wishing it would not come. May we keep those mothers in a special place within our hearts, on this day especially. If you happen to know a mother that has experienced this kind of loss, reach out to her, and let her know that you are thinking about her and her sweet babe that is gone too soon. Let her know that you are grieving with her. Many people are at a loss for words in these situations, and while there is nothing to be said, a simple "thinking of you" goes a long way. Some people are even afraid to say something as simple as that, out of fear of "bringing up a painful topic" or "reminding the parent about the loss." Rest assured, a parent who has lost a child never forgets that loss, and when it is treated as an elephant in the room, it can become even more painful for them. Let this Mother's Day be one that is full of love, thoughtfulness, and one with a tender heart toward each and every unique experience that motherhood brings. A very special and Happy Mother's Day to each and every aforementioned mother.
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