Our mothers have taught us how to love ourselves and others. They’ve been there for us and they’ve taught us how to be there for others we care about. They’ve been examples and shown us how to live with the best and the worst of times. We’ve also seen them endure hardships of their own and those of the people they care about. One of the first and most consistent lessons that I learned from the man I admire most in my life, my father, was to always care for, support, and revere my mother (“you only get one” he would say). He not only told me that but he showed me how by the way he loved and supported my grandmother.
All of you that read my messages, check out my Facebook, or view my webpage know how much my mother and grandmothers mean to me. My mother has been a great source of support, love, strength, and kindness my entire life. Despite the challenges that come from growing older, retirement, and helping her children through their different difficulties, my mom continues to set a stellar example of grace, dignity, intelligence, and kindness for me, my brother, and her grandchildren. Even though it’s time for her to focus on herself and her needs, my mother continues to call me twice a day and interact with my friends and caregivers, making sure that I’m being taken care of. She’s also in constant touch with my brother to make sure that he, his wife, and their children are OK, happy, and well taken care of.
My mom’s been having a particularly difficult time with her health these last couple of years. We’ve all been supporting and praying for her as she continues to fight head on these challenges to reach a healthier and happier place in her life. Nothing makes me more proud of my father and my brother than the way they are supporting my mom. I’d appreciate all of you that read this to think a blessed thought of healing and contentment for my mom at this time, as I do for all of you.
Those unable to have a good relationship with their mother spend much of their life trying to fill that void. Those who have lost their mothers realize how difficult it is to cope, especially without faith. I have a friend who recently lost her mother, who was supportive and dedicated to her and her children throughout their lives. I have another friend who recently lost his wife, the mother of his children. He continues to represent her memory by being the kind of father and grandfather to their children and grandchildren that we would all cherish.
What I’m trying to say is, no matter what, a good mother, like a faithful God, is the gift that keeps giving. Although we should do it more often, I think we should take this time to extend our appreciation, love, affection, and gratitude to that person that we mean so much to.
I love you guys! Thanks for reading.