I think we can all agree that this needs to be a thing. There is no way possible we can limit honoring mothers to just one day! Mother’s Day should really be every day. While I was sure that it was some boneheaded guy that came up with Mother’s Day in order to sell more cards, flowers, and candy, I was surprised that it was indeed a woman, Anna Jarvis in 1908, and became a U. S. Federal holiday in 1914. In fact the woman who started it, became upset by the commercialization of it and later tried having it removed from the calendar. (Thanks for the info History.com!)
Somehow Mom’s also got stuck with a brunch as the go to meal of celebrating. Did they take a vote? We Dad’s got stuck with a grilled meal (Hey, that means we usually have to cook our own if we are the grillmasters! Oh, but I digress.). While I’m sure every Mother appreciates the one day of honor, I don’t think it can begin to pay honor to all that these wonderful women (My own Wonder Woman included) do for us each and every day.
My own Mom worked hard to help raise us 3 boys, which included working evenings and overnights many times to help make ends meet. Mom taught me so many life skills I can’t list them all here. I am a better husband and father because she taught me to cook, clean, iron, do laundry, and take care of myself and my younger brothers. Sadly we lost Mom in 2011. She may be gone, but what she taught me has formed the man I am today.
My own incredible wife is an awesome Mother to our children. She also had a great Mother that instilled many of the attributes, experiences, and skills my wife brings to bear in how we raise our children. She has been an invaluable partner and team mate in our household where we adults are outnumbered. There is no way that just one day is enough to celebrate all that she does and all that she is.
We have both had health issues in our journey together as parents and as married together. We have often had this day pass while I was in the hospital, or while each of us were healing. So sometimes the special “day” isn’t that special, especially in cases where both of us faced big enough health threats, that each day we are alive and together on earth with each other and our kids, that that is pretty a special gift in itself.
So by all means, go overboard with the brunch, cards, flowers, candies, and everything else to do what you can to honor the mother figures in your life. Just know that here we think it goes beyond just one day!
Make sure you also love on those Grandparents, Aunts, Step Moms, Foster Moms, and those who have been a Mother Figure to you, and even for those whose heart’s desire was to be a Mom, but for some reason it never came to be. We love and honor you Moms!