Yesterday, a package arrived in the mail for my daughters from their father. It contained, among other things, the stuffed toys M had left at Daddy’s house. She had been waiting for their arrival since January, so you can imagine how excited she was.
She introduced her North Carolinian “children” to their Texan siblings.
“I’m so glad you’re all together, just in time for Mothers’ Day, which is also my birthday!”
In my 9-year-old’s mind, today as Mothers’ Day was as great a celebration of her as it is as her birthday. She has a mother’s heart.
Happy Mothers’ Day to everyone who loves with a mother’s heart.
… to you who ever carried a child in your womb.
… to stepmothers, grandmothers, and aunts.
… to you who welcomed a child into your family through adoption.
… to you who opened your home to foster a child.
… to you who took a moment to show someone that they mattered.
… to you who have dreamed of a child who will some day be yours.
… to you whose child has left us too soon.
… to teachers who have touched the lives of students.
… to nurses who have been there in those most frightening of hours and celebrated every victory.
… to mentors who have nurtured the spirit, intellect, and hopes of a new generation.
… to therapists who have seen each child’s potential.
… to you who have crossed paths with a child and hoped you made a difference.
Happy Mothers’ Day to each of you.