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Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws~Barbara Kingsolver

I know of a person who grew up in a large, wealthy family and every Mother’s Day the matriarch of this family would take the whole brood and their families out to brunch or dinner and bestow upon her children expensive presents. She told them that on Mother’s Day, and every day, it was her privilege to be their mother and they were gifts to her every day of the year. So on Mother’s Day, it seemed only right that she be the one to do the gifting.

While I did not buy presents to lavish upon my children today, I agree with the sentiment expressed. It is an honor and a privilege to be a mother to three truly amazing people who continually inspire me with their wisdom, kindness, love, determination, and commitment to our family. Over the years, being a mother has made me happy, sad, fearful, worried, angry, confused, excited, nervous, and proud. It has made me laugh, cry, smile, wonder, and shake my head. It has caused me to work hard to listen carefully, speak carefully, pay attention, apologize, ask for help, be patient, understand, and not to judge.

I’m sure I have learned more from my children than they will ever learn from me. And I’m still learning. I don’t think we mothers ever get it just right. We just do the best we can, sometimes making it up as we go along. And the most important thing I’ve learned so far is that the love of a mother for her child is greater and stronger than any other force of nature. It defies description. And it knows no bounds.

Happy Mother’s Day with thanks to my children for giving me joy.