EDITORIAL: Making every day Mother's Day

May. 12, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

They are the fixers, the multi-taskers and the forces to be reckoned with when it comes to protecting their young.

To their children, they are simply “mom.”

The title alone is synonymous with unconditional love. Today is a day to celebrate the mothers in our lives — and all that they give to their families, their communities and society as a whole.

A mother’s contributions aren’t always extravagant — or glamorous. They come in the form of sleepless nights she spends sitting up with her sick child, and hours spent helping with homework and last-minute school projects. They are found in hot meals on the table and rides to and from practices, friends’ houses and movie theaters.

Later, they’re evident in her tears upon seeing her daughter in the perfect wedding gown, leaving no doubt that it’s “the one,” and the words of advice she dispenses to her son as he forms his own family.   

Whether her children are small or grown, her gifts to them are too often overlooked, but nonetheless invaluable. Those fortunate enough to have been encouraged, rescued, nurtured and comforted by a mother’s love can attest it is like no other. It truly makes the world a better place — warmer, brighter and softer. 

Offerings of flowers, jewelry and breakfasts in bed will mark today’s occasion, and while they will be appreciated, these gifts are not what matter to most mothers. The health and happiness of their children are typically at the top of their wish lists.   

As we pause today to thank our mothers, trying in some small way try to repay their gentleness and generosity, we should also resolve to do so more often. For all that they do, and for everything that they are, mothers deserve more gratitude than can be expressed on a single May day.

We can pay tribute to our mothers every day by living their example — and by being the kind of people they can be proud of. By giving of ourselves, we acknowledge their many sacrifices, and in listening to our inner voice, we do justice to their wise words.

Indeed, any time that we are understanding, patient, compassionate and kind, we are celebrating Mother’s Day.