Mothers of All Forms
Mothers are our grandmothers, our moms, our guardians, those with children, those trying to conceive, and those who have suffered miscarriages. Whether a mother naturally, through the magic of science, through adoption, or any number of other ways, there are hardly words that can represent the indescribable bond between mother and child.
Mothers are powerful. Mothers are strong. Mothers are determined. I wrote this letter to all mothers as a thank you for everything you do to love those around you, but it is really from the hearts of those who have felt the powerful love that comes from a mother- in all forms.
This Mother’s Day, I will be thinking of my mom- and everything she has done for me, as well as my grandmothers, whom I lost in the past year. They taught me how to be empowered, independent, and optimistic. And most importantly, they taught me how to dream without limits and love without bounds.
Mother’s Day is a reminder to celebrate the lives of those who shape us in ways we are still discovering. Losing both of my grandmothers in the same year was difficult and heartbreaking. It makes Mother’s Day even more tender and sentimental. The relationships I had with my grandmothers will be never-ending, and I keep their lives, stories, and lessons in my head and heart as I go about my daily life.
Mother’s Day is about celebrating all of the nuances and ups-and-downs of motherhood in every possible way. I hope this letter can inspire you to reflect on your own experiences with your mothers, and how they shaped your life.
A Letter to All Mothers
365 days of the year, you tirelessly love, adore, and cherish those around you, in ways that cannot be described. Your love knows no bounds, and we thank you for that. Mother’s Day is one day a year, but our gratitude is forever.
Like flowers, we grow from your affection and love, only to be reborn in your never-ending acts of kindness. Through thick and thin, your arms are always there to hold and comfort us- both physically and spiritually.
As children, you taught us to play fair, work hard, and be grateful. As teenagers, you taught us to live with compassion, lead through kindness, and love the world and ourselves unconditionally. As adults, you taught us to be patient, compassionate, and loyal.
Even on the darkest of days, you are always there to pick us up, dust the dirt off of our knees, and give us words of encouragement.
We test you and your patience, only to be repaid with deep love and support. We are difficult, stubborn, and wild in the best ways, and we learned that from you.
Being a mother is not easy, but we hope that the little (and big) things serve as a reminder that we love you with all of our hearts. Maybe the reminder is a scribbled drawing, or the yawn of a grandchild, or a cup of tea shared on a cold afternoon- regardless, we love you.
And, as a special note to those who may be experiencing a difficult Mother’s Day- we love you too. Expectations, loss, and complications are not easy, but we are here with you- both physically and spiritually. We want to help you in any way possible, to repay a fraction of the care you have given to us.
Mothers are special and deserve all the thanks in the world, so thank you again for all that you have done for us. We would not be where we are today if it was not for you. So thank you mother, for your love, your care, and everything in between.
With deep gratitude and thanks,
Those Who Love You
How to Celebrate Our Mothers
With the coming of spring, in all of its beauty and glory, we are reminded to take a moment to say thank you to our mothers. Our mothers have likely been our first friend, our first teacher, and our first advocate – they’re with us every step of the way.
For this Mother’s Day, we’d urge you to consider writing your mother or a mother close to you a letter. Perhaps plant flowers with her in the garden or send her chocolates- it never hurts to show our mothers a little bit of appreciation.
I hope this letter serves as both an inspiration and a reminder to celebrate the women that made us who we are. Mothers come in all forms, but they all share one common trait: they love with the deepest love.
She is powerful. She is strong. She is determined. She is a mother.