Thanks, Mom, For Always Being There

27 August, 2020
When you're a mom, distance doesn't matter. Being there also means carrying someone in your heart, knowing that they'll always know what to say and offer unconditional support, no matter the circumstances.
 

Thanks, mom, for being present in every possible way. You offer unconditional love and support, absolute trust, that special look that has made me feel safe and encouraged to live my life the way I want, ever since I was little. Thank you for being a cool, welcome breeze that brings peace, happiness, and inspiration.

Having a mother who makes you feel this way is a gift. Good mothers are wonderful people who know how to take care of themselves and others. They know themselves and recognize their value and purpose so they can give their children the best.

Washington Irvin once said, “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 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”.

A lot of that rings true, but mothers who truly manage to make a lasting impression on their children are those who teach them to clear those temporary dark clouds on their own. After all, moms play more than just one role. In addition to providing love and affection, they educate, correct, and set boundaries. They inspire with their example and don’t hesitate to level the path so their children can move forward in the world on their own, and make their own destiny.

A daughter saying thanks, mom, for being there.
 

Mother’s Day has multicultural origins

Many people around the world celebrate Mother’s Day at the beginning of May. For some, it’s little more than a Hallmark holiday. Another reason to get people to buy things. For others, it’s a special day to spend with family.

Whatever your feelings on the holiday, it’s interesting to know that people have been celebrating this day since the dawn of time. More specifically, there are records of the Ancient Egyptians celebrating Mother’s Day, though obviously in a very different way than we do it today.

In Ancient Egypt, they paid tribute to the goddess Isis once a year. She was the creator of life, god of magic, and protector of children and women. In Ancient Greece, they also celebrated a holiday that was related to the maternal figure.

The Greeks paid tribute to Rhea, the mother of Zeus, Hades (god of the underworld), Poseidon, Hestia, Hera, and Demeter. She was a Titan. In the Hellenic culture, she was often related to the moon.

Modern Mother’s Day

Later, with the arrival of Christianity, the holiday began to focus on the Virgin Mary. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century when the holiday was set in the month of May. That came about because of two women, American poet and activist Julia Ward Howe and Ann Jarvis.

They organized demonstrations to try and reconcile people on both sides of the American Civil War. While they may not have united everyone, they did manage to bring the women together. They appealed to the common suffering of all the mothers who were victims of conflict and had lost children in the war.

 

Every year, Julia Ward and Ann Jarvis gathered this group of women together in defense of women’s rights and as a show of cooperation, friendship, and hope. Together, they petitioned the government to establish the month of May as the Mother’s month.

A painting of the Goddess Isis.

Thanks, mom, for being there and for being you

Now you know that Mother’s Day isn’t just a Hallmark H0liday, created by marketing teams. It has deep roots and a purpose. Mother’s Day exists to value women, defend their rights, and honor those who fight for peace, deeply love their children, and are guided by strong values.

Many of us recognize there attributes in our own mothers (or in ourselves). That’s why we celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s the least we can do to show our gratitude.

  • Mom, thank you for being present. Thank you for the love and intention that you’ve brought to the most decisive moments of my life.
  • Thanks, mom, for being there, even if you can’t physically be here. Though I might not tell you often enough, I hold you in a special place in my heart. You’re always with me, and you always will be.
  • I’m so grateful that you taught me to love and take care of myself. Thank you for giving me wings, instead of tying me down. Thank you for being the wind and not an anchor. I am who I am because you taught me the importance of freedom as well as responsibility.
 

Thanks, mom, for being there, for being who you are. Enthusiastic, unique, and easy to be around. Thank you for laughing with me and being serious when the need arises. You’re someone I want to emulate, and someone I’ll love today, tomorrow, and forever.