Maybe men built the structures that hold skyscrapers high, but women are the backbone that hold the strength of the nation.
It’s statistically true. Women keep families together. While more than 20 millions children have been affected by absent fathers, we often hear stories of moms making large sacrifices for their children.
Let’s celebrate the many active moms this Mother’s Day.
I have to begin with an apology. I deeply hurt my mom recently in my book, 10 Ways To Win A Girl’s Heart. In it, I describe a chaotic moment after my grandma died, and what I wrote hurt her feelings.
I got a heart wrenching email from her after she read that part in the book. She felt humiliated and cried herself to sleep that night.
How could I have done this?
I took one incident and neglected to share the many years of blood, sweat, and tears that my mom poured into my life.
I zeroed in on one imperfection without showcasing a beautiful body of work. Let me present a more representative picture of her. Here are 3 reasons to celebrate mom:
1. She’s the strongest person I know.
The oldest of four in her family, she was a mom before she was my mom. When my grandma passed away she became the matriarch of the family.
I watched her as we buried her baby brother two years ago. Only if you looked intently, you could detect the deep sorrow in her eyes. But, she stayed strong for everyone else.
One night, when I was in college, we had a special moment together I’ll remember forever. We drove up to her hometown, just her and I. Something happened as we were passing through Camdenton, MO. She transitioned from being the title of mom to being a close friend and confidant.
She told me stories from her life I never knew. For instance, soon after she’d graduated from college, she told me she was engaged. But her fiancé was killed in a car crash early one morning.
She’d kept many trials and sorrows locked away so she could be strong for our family.
2. She should be nominated for sainthood.
I hope the Pope takes note.
I wouldn’t enjoy community service one bit had it not been for her. She taught me how to serve.
In elementary school, she brought my sister and I to help at the soup kitchen on the weekends. She wasn’t doing it for me, though. She had a deep conviction to drive across town early on the weekends to help those in need.
That fuel hasn’t dried up. She continues to help others in need by starting groups like “Manna from Heaven” to raise money for the hungry. She’s served as Habitat for Humanity president to help build homes for the homeless. She’s lead women’s groups and currently serves on the park board in my home town simply because she wants to make the community a better place.
3. I can count on her, no matter what.
No person on this planet can come close to the unconditional love she’s shown me. I can put weight on what she’s demonstrated. I’m writing this with tears running down because she’s always been there for me, more than anyone else. She’s attended every special moment in my life, and she’s been there through the difficult times.
When I first moved to California, everything was set to go off without a hitch. Only everything went wrong. The movers came before the hardwood floors were set, and they had to leave everything I owned sitting outside my apartment. My mom dropped everything and flew out to help me.
She’s gone out of her way many times just because she knew an event or circumstance meant something to me.
Take a moment and think about the things your mom has done for you. I promise, beautiful memories will start streaming in, and you can help make it your mom’s best Mother’s Day yet.