Valdosta Daily Times


May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day

VALDOSTA — Today is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate the woman who nurtured you, raised you, tutored you, nursed you, hugged you, and loves you.

I remember as a young child asking my mother why there wasn’t a kids day, and her reply was always that “every day is kids day.” I didn’t understand what she meant then, but I certainly do now, and even today, still use that same line on my own daughter. I usually get a smile and “yeah, whatever,” but she knows. In college now, she has begun to appreciate and understand all that I have done and still do for her, and I’m not as much of an embarrassment as I used to be, thankfully.

I don’t live close enough to my own mother to visit today, so a call and a gift will have to do, but she enjoys the calls more than anything else. I’m sure someday, I will too.

My day will probably start with a homemade breakfast, although I will most likely have to offer some assistance to prevent the house from burning down, followed by a day of pretty much whatever she wants to do. As long as we’re spending time together, it really doesn’t matter.

To all the mothers reading this, take some time today to reflect on what a terrific and difficult job you have in raising a child. Whether you have one or many, it’s the most awful, awesome, heartbreaking, loving, incredible, and satisfying job you can have, all rolled into one lifetime. But what a great lifetime.

And remember, if you don’t set the example for them to follow, they will find someone else’s example to follow, so be the person you want your child to be. The rest will usually take care of itself. Happy Mother’s Day!

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