Mother ---- what a loaded word! I spent years as a Labor & Delivery Room and Postpartum nurse surrounded daily by women giving birth or women who had just given birth. That was never for me. Pregnancy was not on my agenda it seemed. Tests, surgeries, trying to get pregnant but never succeeding.
That's when we turned to adoption. Andy and I adopted biological brothers from South Korea in 1988. We went from husband and wife to a family of four - two of which didn't speak English - when the plane landed one week before Mother's Day 1988. This picture to the left is my first Mother's Day. The boys were four and five years old.
I love "mother" the verb - as in, to mother. Women mother children, neighbors/friends in need, pets, plants, etc.
Mothering is selfless giving to others.
Mothering is taking care of others.
Today celebrates those who are mothers and those who mother.
I've been fortunate to have known two great-grandmothers and two grandmothers. I'm fortunate to still have my own mother. I'm grateful that she is minutes away now instead of hours like she used to be after our move to Ohio from Virginia. I have a mother-in-law and two daughters-in-law. Lots of wonderful mothers in my life. Lots of superhero capes being worn by all!
Here's a great picture of Mom taken last August. She's the absolute kindest, most thoughtful woman I know. She is full of life and desire to be active and involved in everything around her. January 10, 2013, date of my father's heart attack, followed by their move to Ohio the end of that year, showed her and anyone else who paid attention, just how tough as nails she is under that sweetheart of an exterior. You know that
saying, "A woman doesn't know how strong she is until she has to be"? The year 2013 found my Momma bench-pressing 1,000 pounds!
So, whether you're a mother or one who mothers others, I sincerely hope today was extra special for you.
HipHipHooray for MOTHERS!