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And Then There Are The Other Mother's Days
A regular "Thanks, mom!" can outshine the corsage, flowers, candy, and presents which may come her way once a year.
I like to believe that not one of us will have failed to honor our mother on Mother's Day this year.
But is it enough to give them the honor they are due by treating them to a special day just once a year?
Surely a mother doesn't cook, clean, wash, launder, vacuum, dust, or straighten just one day a year.
Surely a mother doesn't counsel, listen, praise, caution, share, or love just one day a year.
Mother's Day might best be celebrated as a reminder that a hug and a sincere "Thank you, mom" given and said with a smile of appreciation along with some helping hands during the other 364 days of the year can honor a mother far more than trying to express what she means to us by giving her lavish attention one Sunday each year.
Mothers are indeed "the heart of the family."
They are also so much more. Just as a healthy heart is essential to a healthy body, a loving and caring mother is essential to a healthy family. Hearts need rest and nourishment. Mothers do, too.
A smile, a hug, a word of thanks, a helping hand, all given without being asked, can make each day a Mother's Day to be shared and remembered long after the memory of a given Sunday in May has become a photo in an album and an after thought.
Copyright 2013 Demas W. Jasper