For You Mom
Did you know?
- Did you know there will be over 4 million new mom's in the United States this year.
- Did you know that there are over 5 million stay at home mom's in the world.
- Did you know that Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day a National Holiday in 1914.
- Did you know we will give 700 million cards to mom for Mother's Day.
- Did you know we will give 2 million flowers to mom for Mother's Day.
- Did you know we will give 120 million gifts to mom for Mother's Day.
- Did you know your mom changed your diaper over 4000 times.
- Did you know your mom spent 15000 hours taking care of you.
- Did you know 70% women consider their mom their best friend.
- Did you know a phone call from your mom will lower stress.
- Did you know that if your mom read to you as a child it would have put you a year ahead of those who didn't.
- Did you know that as a toddler you demanded your mom's attention 200 times a day, that's every 4 minutes.
- Did you know that most mothers without hesitation would give up their life for their child.
- Did you know that almost every mother would do everything they did for you all over again and never think twice.
- Did you know dad did the laundry once and he still brags about it.
Thank You Mommy
A mother's love
Mother's Day is really the culmination of everyday of the year into one small celebration of everything mother's do for their children. Here is one more "did you know" and it is that in India has a Mother's Day celebration that lasts 10 days. I think that's a good start.But please, let's not think about the exceptions that plaster the headlines and make us scratch our heads in confusion and say why would a mother do that. Let's please let those mental images lay in the gutter where they belong. This is about the countless moms around the world that give everything they have to their children each day and repeat that process every day after.
Even for all my fathers faults he taught me to always respect my mother. Respect all women in general. If we teach our children the same thing, both boys and girls alike we will go far as a society. Love and respect is the probably the greatest thing we can give mom this Mother's Day. With love comes happiness, forgiveness and peace. With respect comes trust and admiration. From day one moms give their children unconditional love. Unconditional mean "NO MATTER WHAT". I will love you no matter what happens. Children with all their insecurities could fill a hundred books with "WHAT IF" But, moms love covers them all.
In My Daughter's Eyes - Martina McBride
In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes
And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about
It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daugter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes
Not everyone can be as gifted as Martina McBride and write beautiful lyrics and music. However, I will bet my last nickel that your mother would be just as happy with a simple phone call to hear your voice saying I love you. She won't need a huge bouquet of the most expensive flowers. I'd rather think she would be happy with a hand delivered dandelion. Tons of money spent on expensive gifts won't impress her, but some time spent with her to simply catch up will make all the difference.
Sadly my mother died in 1974 from a disease called Lupus. I was only 6 years old. In fact my sister was only 2 years old when mom passed away. She didn't remember anything about her at all. I remember a few times we had together. We had a birthday party for her once and there were these big bottles of soda. I'd guess they were 32 ounces. I was stunned because until then I never saw anything like it. We didn't drink soda regularly like we do today. Its strange how certain things just stick in your head and others float away with the wind. I recall her getting a gift of a paint set. She had gone to school to be an art teacher but apparently she got pregnant and that never happened. She decided taking care of her children was more important. She did paint when she had time. I still have a few of the things she made. She was a heavy woman, and my older brother said she was fluffy. He meant other than the fact she was chubby, she was also a warm tender and caring person. Very unlike my dad who was stubborn and loud. Her goodness and kindness even over shadowed him. I remember clearly making these signs that said "We miss you and love you." My brother then took a photo of us holding them and gave it to her in a card while she was in the hospital. I didn't really know where she was. I just knew she wasn't home. She died a week later. I honestly don't remember the funeral. My brother said I was there, but I think I would have remember something as traumatic as that. My guess is they left me with someone so I wouldn't have to deal with my mom laying in a casket. I was more lucky than the rest of my family. They really knew her. They had someone ripped from them in the prime of life. I only had faint glimpses of memories.
I know there more folks that have that same type of tale. Those who lost mom when she should still be there. But I have a challenge for you. There are mothers that have lost their children. There are moms that their babies are all grown up and far away from home. There are women who couldn't be a mom for some reason or another. Do yourself a favor and do them a favor. Offer a warm hug, a hand shake, or even a simple "Hello, how's your day." It will make all the difference. Happy Mothers Day Mom! I love you and I miss you.