“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother” Oprah Winfrey
Every year we celebrate the woman who brought us into the world. Yes, of course our Mother – she is a very special lady.
However, today we are not going to gush over what a wonderful woman mother is…we will do this plenty on Sunday. This post is remind us that there are so many other “mothers” that are often over looked but have just as much reason to celebrate and thank.
1. The career woman who successfully climbed the corporate ladder and then realized it was too late to have children of her own, but has mentored hundreds of “children” in the corporate world.
2. The favorite aunt who never married but is the god-send to her sisters (and sister- in-laws) when they need a break, not to mention are a best friend to her nieces and nephews.
3. The sweet lady next door who always has a candy stash ready and doesn’t mind sharing the treasures in her yard.
4. The friend who adopt all her friend’s children as they were her own.
The list could go on and on of women who for one reason or another by conscious choice or not have not given birth to a child. In so many ways they are still “mothers” and very much deserve to be celebrated this Mother’s Day. To me, Mother’s Day is more about celebrating the practice and art of Motherhood, than the act of giving birth.
I challenge you to think back over your life and consider all the women that fit this description – the ones who have mentored you, listened to you, helped you along and then reach out to them and wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.
To the many “Mother’s” who have touched my life over the years and continue to do so…Patty, Vicki, Nidia, Julie, Elizabeth, Erin, Diana, Carolee, Jane, Bev, Catherine, Brenda, Tammy… Happy Mother’s Day!