One of the most powerful words on the planet is “mom” in all its variations – mommy, mother, mama, etc. – and in all the languages that exist. It carries with it a multilayer meaning that goes from biological basics to idealized characteristics. It carries with it expectations of unconditional love, nurturing, and guidance; and, in instances when those expectations are not met, the enduring effect can be crushing.
Being a mom is a big responsibility. Yet, I’d imagine there are very few who when they take on the role initially fully appreciate the potential it has to redefine their life, their way of thinking, and the things that matter to them. One really only fully understands it all by living it.
And being a mom, as adorable as it may seem from the outside looking in, is fraught with disgusting things, sleepless nights, self-doubt, worry, wrinkles, and the harsh reality of teenager-hood. But it is also replete with hugs, laughter, gratitude, love, joy, learning, and fulfillment. It is so many things – often all at the same time.
This is the day to honor and thank moms for all they are and all they do. Beautiful cards that try and unpack all the wonder of motherhood will be given with heartfelt enthusiasm and appreciation. There will be flowers, and baubles, and trinkets galore lavished upon beloved mommies. There will be hugs and pampering…laughter and meals…there will be celebrations of mom here, there, and everywhere.
Yet, at the end of the day, the moms of the world will go on to the next day, just like the day before, and the day before that, going about their business with their hearts living outside their bodies in their offspring. That is what moms do. And in their children’s hearts, they have an enduring place even if it is not tended or visited often enough. In that place a mom lives forever. Moms are pieces of us that never go away, even when they do leave us. So, remember – every single time you utter the word “mom” that it is powerful in all it represents in ideals and realities. Take the time to honor and thank your mom at every opportunity in small and big ways. Live every day understanding the power of “mom”.
Day one thousand four hundred and four of the new forty – obla di obla da