UNITED STATES—Mother’s Day was Sunday, May 14, and I know what many of you are thinking, why did you wait a week to write this column highlighting the importance of this all important holiday? Well, I think mothers should be celebrated every day, not just on this one day that comes around once a year.
I do believe this holiday is aimed at a money grab for retailers and businesses to make tons of money. I mean flowers, cards and candy alone probably ranks in the millions, and as for other gifts, dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’re talking billions probably.
Mother’s Day should NOT be one day we decide to single out and pay tribute to our mom’s it should be done each day. These are the women that nurtured us and brought us into the world, and even if your mom is not biologically speaking your mother, if the woman raised you, took care of you and was there when you needed her most; she’s still your mother. That is something that I do believe is of importance because while blood matters, there are plenty out there who don’t know who their biological parents are, but others took them in to deliver the love needed to shape them.
I believe simply calling your mother each day to say “Hello” or “I Love You” is important. And I will take the bullet right now: I’m guilty of not always doing that. I think that is why Mother’s Day strikes so many of us at the core. We attempt to do our best to try to make up for mistakes that we’ve made throughout the year to show our mothers that we do indeed truly appreciate everything they have done for us. Moms are superstars and a lot of the time they don’t get the accolades they deserve; I mean these are women who work full-time jobs and are then forced to pick up their kid or kids from school, entertain them, cook dinner, bathe them and so much more.
Note this is not to say fathers don’t do this. Plenty of us know plenty of men who take on the role of Mr. Mom and do all the same things many mothers do and perhaps even more. Those guys don’t always get the accolades, but trust me I have a column coming in the near future to address this issue. I want to say to all the moms out there who work and take care of their kids in the midst of all the madness that surrounds them: thank you. To all the moms who are forced to grapple with the guilt of rather they should go to work to provide for their kids or stay home and raise them: thank you.
To all the women out there who are nurturing, and who have that genuine characteristic to give more in a day than what most people would give in a lifetime: thank you. To those mothers, who come home from a long-day of work and fix a three-course meal for the family: thank you. Simply put, to all the mothers who have stressed, cried, screamed and sacrificed to raise their children to the best of their ability: Thank you.
There is not much more I can say to all the moms out there beyond the fact that you MATTER. Your words of wisdom, sacrifices and struggles do not go unnoticed and you are the reason so many men develop to become respectable gentlemen and why so many women develop the nurturing skills that you gave to them. You deserve to be acknowledged EVERY SINGLE day, not 1 day out of the 365 days in the year.