Be kind to mothers

May 14, 2019

May 12, 2019, was celebrated as Mother’s Day, and most of us spent the day paying tribute to the women who carried us in their bodies for nine months, gave birth to us, and spent a great deal of their time trying to raise us to be good, kind people.

Mothers are integral to the survival of the human species, and, for the most part, they are treated with the reverence that is appropriate for the sacrifices and hard work that they put in to care for their young.

For most of us, the bond with our mother is the first we make as a child. She is our source of comfort, food, and protection. Many persons think that Mother’s Day is irrelevant because mothers should be honoured every day, and for the most part, I agree with the sentiment. But everyone knows that I love a holiday. I think special occasions are just opportunities to do something extra to show appreciation to the ones we love, and Mother’s Day is no exception. Besides, the truth is, with the fast-paced lifestyle that most of us live these days, it’s not always possible to be spontaneously kind to the ones we love on regular days.

While much of the love on Mother’s Day is reserved for birth mothers, there are many women who spend a great deal of their time mothering children they didn’t actually give birth to. I am speaking specifically of stepmothers, adoptive mothers, guardians, foster mothers, Instagram sisters, aunts, etc – Mother’s Day is also for them.

While Mother’s Day is a joyous occasion for many, there are those among us who experience sadness on this day because they have already lost their mothers. Please reach out to them, let them know that they are not alone, and show them that someone cares about them. I lost my mother to colon cancer in 2013, so I can relate.

Honestly, being a mother is probably the hardest, most thankless non-stop job that anyone can do, and there is no salary. So be kind to a mother whenever you can. Lend a helping hand – even if it’s taking the child so she can have a few moments of silence. She will appreciate all the help she can get because being a mother is one job you will never be able to resign from. Thanks to all the good mommies for all you do. Happy Mother’s Day.

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