It’s hard to imagine life without my mother. My sisters would undoubtedly tell you I am a mama’s boy. I don’t really know that to be the case, considering I have a close relationship with my dad, too, but if that’s the case, so be it. My mom is a great woman, and I am proud she is my mom. I am thankful we have a day each year designated to pay our respects and show our love to our mothers, though they most certainly deserve far more than a single day a year.
Mothers are truly amazing, and their work and efforts do not get recognized near enough. I see that much more clearly now, having two kids of my own and a step-son. My wife is a wonderful mother, too. As are my two sisters. If you pay even the slightest bit of attention, you will recognize what superior people moms are. My mom, my wife, and both of my sisters all work(ed) full-time jobs (my mom retired a few years back). Yet, when their work work is done, that is when they kick it into high gear. From changing diapers, cleaning house, cooking dinner, running errands, getting kids to practices/games/events, doing laundry… man, the list is overwhelming and non-ending. The things they do blow my mind. I am spoiled. I am fortunate. The mothers in my life are champions. I get exhausted physically and mentally at work, and when I get home, I just want to relax and chill. My wife picks up my slack. I feel the pain when my wife travels out of town. I do not know how many times I have told her that she is a much better primary care giver than I am. She is. I am thankful for all that she does in taking care of me and the kids, much like my mom did (and still does) and my sisters do.
My dad’s mother passed away just a few weeks ago. This is his first mother’s day where, at least in physical form, he cannot thank his mother for all of the wonderful things she did for him. I can’t even imagine being in that situation. I saw his post on Facebook this morning and shed a tear. Mothers are so important. My mom’s mom passed back in 2004. Seeing my mom posting pictures of her yesterday makes me realize that even 7 years later, a mother’s love is never forgotten.
On this Mothers’ Day 2011, I find it so easy to say “Thank You” and “I love You” to the moms in my life: my mother, my wife, and my sisters. And oh, I would be remiss to not mention my mother-in-law. What a wonderful mother she is, as well. Mothers are remarkable. While it is easy to say today, I realize I need to say it again tomorrow, next week, next month, and all the days ahead. Without mothers, we’d all be in trouble.
To all you wonderful mother’s out there, Thank You and Happy Mothers’ Day.