Mothers do not get enough credit. They do so much for their children, their husbands, their church, and their communities. While they juggle the balls of life, they are also doing what they can as a mother, as a woman, and as a follower of God. The fifth commandment says we are to honor our father and our mother, but if you stop and think about it, do we really?
Yes, we designate one day a year to honor our mothers, but I believe we should honor our mothers every day. No matter if they work a 9-5 job or stay at home and take care of the family. Every mother should be praised!
Proverbs 31:29-31 best describes how mothers are incredible people in their own right.
“29 Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate”.
I consider my mother to be my best friend. We are basically the same person. I credit her in giving me my love for baking, mastering the art of humor, and sharing our mutual taste in music and fashion. To this day, we get stopped on the street by strangers saying we look so much alike that we must be sisters. I take that as a compliment because I think my mother is beautiful.
I am proud of my mother. She’s accomplished so much in her life.
She got her MBA in Finance while working at a well-known denim company. By the time I was in 4th grade, she made the decision to stay home and take care of my sister and me while my Dad continued to work. It was wonderful to come home from school and see her there. She was always available to help with homework and give advice. Plus, the amazing sweet treats she would make for us would be sitting on the kitchen counter ready to be eaten for our afterschool snack.
While I was in college, my mother decided she wanted to go back to work. She applied at many places, however the end result was always the same – you’re overqualified. They were unwilling to pay her the salary that she deserved. My mother then made another big decision – to go back to school. Her dedication and hard work paid off because she received her second degree, but in a different field than she had previously. She found a great job at a firm and has been flourishing.
For me, my mother showed me that you can accomplish anything you want if you’re willing to put the time, effort, and hard work into it. She didn’t get upset and give up hope when potential employers turned her away. She did something about it. The desire that she also had to be a stay-at-home mom to be with my sister and me as we were growing up is amazing. It’s a selfless act to choose not to pursue a career and to pour your heart and soul into your children. That speaks volumes to who she is as a person and the reason for why I see her as my role model. Mothers, in general, are to be commended for what they do for us. No matter what age or stage of life they are in. When it’s my turn to be a mom, I want to be just like my mother.
Let’s all make this Mother’s Day that much more special. Take your mother out for a special brunch, write a heartfelt letter, send a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a sweet surprise, or walk down memory lane with her looking at family photos. She will treasure the time you share with her.
Mom, I want to say Happy Mother’s Day and that I love you forever!