This month, as you may have expected, we have a number of articles talking about mothers in some capacity. As the Editor, it is my responsibility to make sure there is not a lot of repetitive information in each issue of PG. Taking into consideration the diverse content of each piece; I decided to include all of them. It made me consider the fact that we all have various experiences with and perceptions of motherhood and I wanted to make sure, through our writers, to share that with you as well.
Prior to laying out the magazine this month I knew that my editorial would discuss Mother’s Day and I had a few specific ideas about what I wanted to talk about. To my surprise, Mary Ellen Carlson, echoed some of my very thoughts in her article. Needless to say, you will find some parallels in our opinions. I suppose I think a little harder about this special day now because I am a mother but as I prepared to write I was really considering the many influential women in my life and the various lessons they have taught me.
Of course there is nobody like my own mom. Her impact cannot be measured nor can my love for her. She has taught me the importance of kindness and compassion and the significance of unconditional love, loyalty and support. She will always be the mother I look to first as she has so many characteristics I strive to possess. Along with my own mom, I have many women in my life that I draw from.
This past year I have witnessed mothers with qualities that I will not soon forget and legitimately desire to have as my own. One is a mother raising kids without her own mother and from her I learn perseverance. Another is a mother caring for a child with a large tumor. She teaches me about faith. From a mother who lost her unborn child I am learning strength and patience. Two more who cannot conceive again and I am learning the trait of endurance. Yet another that recently lost her own mother and I learn about thankfulness even in grief. One more that has both biological and adopted children and from her I learn unconditional love. My list could go on. Each of these women has taught me something significant.
Something changed when I had my own children. I see the world through different eyes because it is always with them in the back of my mind now. Each of us has had a motherly figure in our lives. It might be our own mom, a sister, friend, aunt or teacher but there is someone that has been influential in a way that we will never forget. This Mother’s Day make sure you remember to tell them that they have helped you learn and grow.
To the many, many moms reading this I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day! With wishes for a day free of laundry, driving, dishes and more and a slew of hugs and kisses from those kids you adore!
Happy Mother’s Day,