What is America’s greatest source of strength and inspiration? According to the U.S. Congress, its American mothers. Stay-at-home moms, Congress declared, are “doing so much for the home . . . and [for] religion,” which leads to “good government and humanity.” Congress used these facts in 1914 when it created Mother’s Day. The words prove the widespread belief that full-time mothers were performing a vitally important task.
Many of us may have great plans to celebrate Mother’s Day. You may be planning to give this special woman in your life chocolates, flowers, light conversation at a fancy restaurant, or phone calls filled with little substance, etc. The whole idea behind all these elaborate celebrations is to make your mother happy and reassure her that you care for her. We should all cherish the very person who deserves every bit of our gratitude.
If you take a moment, you will find that you are very generous with what your mother needs least; gifts of material items, or even a quick phone call. However you might be extremely lacking with what she needs most; love and time. These are more difficult to part with; especially in the fast-moving competitive world we all live in, where every minute is so precious in our pursuit for success and happiness that we forget the little things.
Our mothers brought us up to be what we are today, hoping that one day we would be successful and happy in the lives we made for ourselves, with good health, prosperity and peace. It is this happiness in our lives that bring them their own joy and a sense of satisfaction in knowing they brought us up right.
Our mother may be advancing in age, frail and unable to do the things she once loved to do, but nevertheless they remain a symbol of moral support, strength and solace for us in times of trials and tribulations. It is not until they leave us for good that we realize our mother’s important source of inspiration and strength. At this moment, regrets are too late.
On this Mother’s Day, amidst all our celebrations, let us consciously take time to make our mother happy by doing what pleases her. Let us repay our gratitude to this special woman who sacrificed her life for the love of us, her children. Let us include her and make her an important part of our lives, like we used to do when we were helpless children. Our mother is a wonderful creation of God who loves her children unconditionally and takes pleasure in each of the sacrifices she made for us.
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving