Celebrating Mom

This year we celebrate our mothers on May 8 for Mother’s Day. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill in 1914 designating the second Sunday of May as a national holiday to be called “Mother’s Day.” Parade Magazine’s Maryn Liles provided a number of messages to send to mom this Mother’s Day including:

Your smile brightens each day and makes it better than the last!

Thank you for being my anchor in this stormy sea of life. I love you and don’t know where I’d be without you 

In your arms, you held us. Little did we know but you have given us the greatest treasure that will never fade in our hearts and that’s your love

Mom, thanks for setting a great example of what it means to be a woman, a mother, and a good person

You’ve always been an angel to me, even when I was a little devil to you

Happy Mother’s Day to my very own superhero and the number one problem-solver in my life!

May all the love you gave to us come back to you a hundredfold on this special day

Thanks for always believing in me and doing so much for me each day!

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Motherly contributor Mark Early wrote this for his mother:

Dear Mama,

Thank you for always being there in my life and always looking out for me. You always made me feel special and encouraged me all along the way. Some folks would say we didn’t have very much back in those days. I say they’re wrong. Thanks to you and Dad, we always had more than plenty. Plenty of safety, security, food, shelter and love. All those things that growing kids need. 

I’ve never thanked you for doing so many chores and so much hard work that I should have done on every school morning from fourth grade on. I appreciate how you always worked so hard to show your love for us.  Breakfast was always good, but to wake up to a platter of fried chicken along with gravy and biscuits – that was heaven. And a ton of work for you, cooking and cleaning. I appreciate that now and I find that trait has rubbed off on me. I like to cook for those I love. It means a lot to give someone something of yourself. What better way than through feeding them, body and soul.

I remember those times when I would ask for a little money to go to a movie, or bowling, or whatever, you would gladly pull some out. Again, it never occurred to me that in that moment you were probably giving up something you really wanted or needed for yourself just so I could have something I wanted. I see that now. Really, what it all boils down to is that you are the most magnificent mom I could have asked for. Beautiful, smart, devoted, funny, caring and everything else any son could want, all wrapped up in a flannel housecoat and a smile.

You are seldom far from my thoughts and never out of my heart. I wanted to write these words on paper so that you could always have them close at hand, especially when I’m far away and don’t call as often as I should. I want you to always know that I love you and cherish you more than life itself. Whenever I cook a meal, read a book, or just feel the sunshine on my face, I am feeling you and the love you always showed me. I hope and pray that you feel the same. 

Love forever and always, your loving son,