Mom: noun \ˈmäm, ˈməm\
A female parent; a woman in authority or the superior of a religious community of women.
That’s the dictionary’s definition of mother.
Ditch the published meaning and let’s look at this another way. If you’re a person who was nurtured and molded by an awesome woman, you know that “mom” is really defined by an infinite number of positive adjectives. In the real world, mom is often our first best friend, trusted confidant, doctor, shoulder to lean on and so much more.
The art of mothering (yes, the art of) cannot be taught nor can the residuals of great mothering be taken away. Have you taken the time to express thanks for your best gal lately?
Some of us just don’t know how lucky we are to have the option of calling the ol’ momster to rant about the worst day ever! We’ve all got friends who have a hard time on Mother’s day because they’ve lost that option, and they instill in us the importance of staying mindful.
Where would you be if she never read books to you at bedtime when you were scared of the Boogeyman? Would you really know how to cook a thing if she didn’t let you have the job as her sous chef when you were five? If you think about the grand scheme of things, would you even have that fantastic personality if she didn’t tell you how awesome you were even after you sucked on the soccer field, sang off-key in the back seat or made her a necklace out of macaroni noodles and forced her to wear it?
I knew that would get you thinking!
Don’t panic if you forgot to mail a gift or send a card. There are still so many ways to show appreciation. You can round up the kiddos (if you’ve got a brood of your own) and make a really cute 30 second video. You could set up a Skype date and recite an original poem (make sure to brush your teeth first, she’s still mom and notices EVERYTHING). Or, you could be super awesome and go to a really great deal site, with a Jack Russell Terrier as the mascot and purchase a nice spa or massage package for her.
Also, take a few moments this Mother’s day to make a quick call to that aunt, grandmother, close family friend or a sister who also sacrificed a bit of herself to pour into you.
You can thank me later, but thank mom now!
Clorissa is one of SweetJack’s exuberant editors. Editing copy and enjoying the occasional in-office wall-sit by day, she is a regular on the ATL social scene after hours. When her night’s not booked with events, she can be found lounging at home with a few of Redbox’s latest additions.