I thought I would search alternative words to ‘Mother’ and this is what came back: mom, mum, mummy, mam, mammy, motha, mommy, momma, ma, madre, mama, and even maw. And probably many more.
I also Googled the History of Mother’s Day and found that celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday”.
I remember being told that Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, was introduced to allow one day a year for children to return home from service, indenture or work to reunite the family – it was a national holiday. An event! It was looked forward to by the children but especially the Mothers and was a huge cause for celebration and reuniting.
A very special day.
It is wonderful to think about the special role held by Mothers everywhere, whether you have positive memories or not. Without Mothers there would be no mankind, with our complexities, attitudes and personalities often shaped by them, they are one of our most powerful influences.
The title of Mother is the highest responsibility we can hold because we can and do wield such a huge influence on the life patterns of our children and subsequently the shape of society.
We come in all shapes and sizes, all personalities and opinions, all with different ideas on parenting and our society reflects that.
Some can be devastated by the physical or emotional absence of mothers, I hope in those cases, there is an alternative source of the stability we need, possibly through our grandmothers, aunties, stepmothers, teachers or someone else open hearted who is happy to fill that space.
Maybe we should celebrate all women who have the heart and minds to nurture, love and protect whether they are directly a mother, those who step up to the plate and open their arms whether they have children or not.
This is a special day. Maybe it’s just another day to have to buy a card or speak to their mothers for some but for many mothers it is the most important day, almost a job well done day where they can bask in the love and realisation of what an awesome family they have and allow themselves to believe they had a part in the creation of that.
If your relationship is fraught maybe that feeling will help you realise what relationship you want to bring into your life moving forward.
Our I AM cards will help a mother see what you believe her to be and give her permission to believe it. What a difference that could make to your loved one. You can find them in our shop on our website at www.mindfullifejourneys.com
I wish all Mothers, wherever you are, the happiest of days knowing you are doing the best you can and after all – the children didn’t come with an instruction manual – we had to learn quickly!
To the offspring I say – they are here today but could be gone tomorrow.