So, how was your Mother’s Day? If you’re a mom, I’m guessing you’ve been asked this question a few times since Sunday. Did your family take you out for dinner, buy you flowers or treat you to breakfast in bed? Did you receive a lovingly crafted Mother’s Day card from a young child in your life?
In the past, (at least my past), Mother’s Day was a post-Easter extended family gathering. Yes, there were cards, flowers, chocolates, hugs and lots of verbal “thank you Mom”, but generally Moms did the cooking and were grateful to get a hand or two of canasta in before the crowd subsided.
I’ve noticed, though, that Mother’s Day has morphed into something much more sophisticated-certainly more materialistic these days. For some of us, the value of our role as mother has become measured by certificates for a day at the spa and diamond tennis bracelets. “Come on, guys,” the television commercials implore us, “show your mother how much you love her. She deserves a diamond-studded heart necklace this Mother’s Day.”
I applaud mothers. I know we make mistakes along the way, but we ALWAYS give the best we have each day, and we want only the best for our children. Even on our worst days, we give and make sacrifices for our kids. Mothers------diamonds or no diamonds-----I am grateful for your efforts every day, not just on Mother’s Day.
Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusion Director