With Mother's Day just a few days away, the thoughts of moms and even grandmothers are on everyone's minds.
I am a mother of 4 wonderful children, who has also been blessed with 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Life with my own children has had its ups and downs but my family is everything to me. Each of my children is different but special and unique in their own way. I love you all.
Yet now being a grandmother to three has brought a new light to life. A new meaning to the day called, Mother's Day. As a grandmother, each grandchild, with their special and wonderful personalities brings an extraordinary charm and warmth to our home. Toys that were long put away are now strewn around the house, coloring books and crayons are visible on the shelf, baby quilts once again to sew, and those nursery rhymes resound in my head once again.
But as I am the mother and the grandmother, I now more than ever this Mother's Day remember I too am a daughter. My mother passed away a month ago, at the age of 91. To be able to put my arms around her, tell her I love her, and say, "Happy Mother's Day," once more, will never happen.
To those of you who are care givers for your mothers, cherish each moment, hug her and tell her you love her. Our mothers have taken care of us; it is now our time to give back to those around us. Not only to our own children but to those in need, those who have no families to care for them and need support, and others who just need a hug or kind word.
To those of you who have only memories of your mothers, think of those times that make you smile, share the stories of good times with her so that your children and others never forget her, and be proud of yourself, as she was always proud of you.
Whether you are young mother or young at heart on this Mother's Day, the true meaning of Mother's Day is a day to reflect on how fortunate you are to have a family and to be part of a family. It is the mother that makes and keeps the family together.
Happy Mother's Day from this mother and grandmother. Remember it is not always what we say to our children and grandchildren that they will remember but the quality times that we spend with them.