Mother’s Day Joy
My mom and I have always been close. Our identical features and loves of God, family, and coffee (in that order) naturally make us pretty good pals. But our relationship goes beyond those things to a place of kindred friendship where the hearts of mothers and daughters dwell. In the absence of my big sister while she continues her studies at Morris, I have found another strong woman to model my faith and values after. Book recommendations, spring jackets, burst laugh-worthy stories; we share everything. Throughout my senior year, my mama has stayed beside me as we savor each “last” and embrace each delightful day we have together. Though next year will bring new changes to our lives, we are confident that this is not the beginning of the end, just the end of the beginning.
I think that Mother’s Day is a wonderful Sunday in May for us to all celebrate the women who have the toughest occupation in the workforce. Considering the hours of life-chats, the loads of laundry, the dishes washed, and the tears dried by my mama, even an entire Mother’s Week wouldn’t be enough to properly show her how much she means to me. How on earth can I thank someone who has done as much for me as my mom has?
Little things mean the most. While she would surely enjoy a fancy dinner at Bella’s, tickets for a Viking Princess cruise, or a bouquet containing every flower in season, I know that something my mom truly appreciates is when my siblings and I help out with small chores like unloading the dishwasher and folding towels. She fancies our little daily conversations and problem solving sessions. And she certainly loves when her whole family is gathered together. These little ordinary moments become extraordinary when we make them intentional and meaningful.
Unlike normal jobs, mothers don’t work from 9-5 and call it a day. They work tirelessly and around the clock, never even receiving the compensation or wages that other occupations give to workers for their labor. Yet, they do all that they do because they are passionate about their family. Whether you still live with your mom like me or have children of your own and live hundreds of miles from your mother, I encourage you to let your mom know how much she means to you. Don’t wait for Sunday the 11th to show her how much you appreciate her. Every day can be Mother’s Day. The Bible tells us that during Jesus’ growing up years, “His mother kept all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51) Remind her how special she is to you – it is something she can keep in her heart forever! -Kate