Today, Americans pay tribute to their mothers and the incredible influence they wield over the people in their lives. What mothers do shapes everything else in our society.
A mother can be defined in many ways. There are biological moms, of course, but they are not the only type of mothers to celebrate today. There are maternal family members — grandmothers, aunts, cousins, siblings — who guide and protect. There are mothers not connected to us in any way other than the influence they made in our lives at school, at church, at work and at home.
Mothers encourage and teach. They comfort and help heal wounds, physical and emotional. They support and help build confidence in those they watch over.
Not all biological mothers serve in those roles, but that doesn’t mean Mother’s Day should be an empty one for those whose relationship with the woman who gave them birth might be difficult or non-existent. We all have special people in our lives — and they might not all even be female — who stand up for us and help lead us to become good people.
Mother’s Day traditionally includes fragile flowers and frilly cards. But a mother’s duties are tough. Whether they are stay-at-home moms, out in the workplace or only serve in the role on occasion, a mother’s job to raise kind, compassionate, considerate and successful young people stands as one of the hardest tasks imaginable.
Whether they are still here with us or whether they passed on, their influence is reflected in what we do and say every day. Remember the mothers in your life today, even if it’s just a simple call to say, “Happy Mother’s Day.”