Whenever there’s a significant day that’s acknowledged on a national or international scale, I always ponder both sides, and today is no different, as we make plans to celebrate Mother’s Day this week-end. I recognized that for some the relationship with their moms lacked the love and nurture that is a requirement for every child. Unfortunately, either abuse or an uneventful situation removed her from your life too soon. Whatever the circumstances that robbed you from experiencing a mother’s love, I am truly sorry, and hoped you were able to receive the care and love from others.
This article is dedicated to women, who fulfill the role as a mother; meaning you gave the basic requirement of nurture and love, heart and soul to those in your care. You wear so many hats every day, 24-7, you find the strength to keep giving, and giving long after the lights go out at night. You rise before the rooster crows, the sound of birds chirping, and even before the sun rises. It’s not only in your doing that is noted and appreciated, but it’s in your being that is valued and admired. Today, long after we are grown you are still giving of yourself generously. You may not have carried me in your womb, but you carried me throughout my growing years.
Picture with me a mama eagle; way up in the sky, but close enough to be noticed. Her wings spans at least 79 inches strong. Her powerful eyesight misses nothing; staying alert as she searches for food to feed her young. She’ll stop at nothing to protect her own, and at times can be aggressive in her training process. Aside from being a majestic bird of prey, and very protective of her young. Mothers are like eagles who not only watches over their own with constant actions of love, but daily provides and fiercely protects.
My mom has always been a go getter, a fighter…not in the physical sense, but fought to protect us at all cost. Like the time I ran home from school crying, because the teacher spanked me for writing with my “left hand”, labelling it the “bad hand”…yeah, no such thing kids. Both the left and right are equally perfect! My mom addressed the matter the very next day, and her heroic action made a lasting imprint on my young and impressionable life, and I felt extremely proud to see my mom defend me. The number of times she went without to give to us are too numerous to mention. Her passion for life is reflected in her belief then and now “giving unselfishly is the best way to allow God to bless you”, and despite her low paying job, today she’s retired, financially comfortable, and still gives unselfishly knowing who her source is.
Her lightest days became brighter 17 years ago when her sense of seeing in this physical realm suddenly ceased; the news rattled my world…how could it be? My mom would have none of it; she comforted me during my grieving of her loss; her wing span must have grown through this change, her inner strength multiplied, and I was comforted, and encouraged. I continue to admire the inner strength, unmoveable faith and attitude that sees, gives, believes, and expects the best.
She acknowledged that she does not have the power to change her physical situation, but she has a say in how she will handle it. Her dark days and nights aren’t really dark after all; her night literally has turned into days. As my hero, she mounts up with wings as an eagle, she’s running and not growing weary, walking and not fainting, and continues to fulfill her role as a loving and nurturing mom; sheltering, encouraging, and living a thankful life.
I salute you mothers out there, the ones who never give up, the fighters, the protectors; the supporters, the encouragers, to you who have given all that you can possibly give, and still dig deep and find more to give. You are unique, loved, appreciated, and we thank you for your unconditional service of love.
What lasting impression has your mom made in your life?
To your health and enjoyment!