Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to remember those mothers in our lives that have contributed so much.
Certainly the day was created as a marketing ploy to boost sales of various mom-related items and greeting cards. But, so what. With all of the trouble we gave our poor moms, don’t they deserve a day of recognition?
But with any marketing ploy, Mother’s Day has for much too long appealed to the sterile definition of the word ‘Mother’ and for that same ‘much too long’ period of time, all of those beautiful people who in this world who have dedicated their lives to us - yet may not have actually given birth to us - have been too sadly neglected.
This Mother’s Day wish - is to ALL of the Mothers out there. You are not forgotten. You are loved. You are appreciated.
To ALL the Moms: Happy Mother’s Day
First of all...HOW did you do it? We must have driven you wacky with all of our antics in life so far. You are amazing, you were there when we needed you, treated us like we were the best even when we felt like we were the worst.
You loved us even when we thought we were unlovable. You are phenomenal.
To all the Mom’s of our four-legged and winged children: Happy Mother’s Day
Some mothers out there are loving to our sacred and beautiful animal children. Our puppies, dogs (including wolf-hybrids,) cats, kittens, birds and more also have thrived because of your love to them. These animal children have needed to eat, a warm place to sleep, to play, to be petted and to be mothered by you. You are an amazing Mother to them and made their lives happy.
To all the Stepmoms or Significant other moms: Happy Mother’s Day
You were given a gift to love a child or children that was brought into your life through marriage or a long-time partner. You honored us, loved us and helped us to be the best we can. Your gave us band-aids, love, warmth and more. You are as much as a Mother as the birth giver.
To all the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ Moms: Happy Mother’s Day
You may not have fit into the mold of Mother’s Day, and certainly don’t see a greeting card section dedicated to you. But those Mothers in the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ community are 100% every bit as much a mom as every single other mom in this world. You give love, you teach loving values and work hard in the midst of judgement and criticism to be a Mom. You are sacred and deserve to be recognized.
To all the Mom’s who wanted to have children, but could not: Happy Mother’s Day
First let me say, YOU ARE STILL A MOM! There is tremendous truth in the old sentiment, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I can’t not even begin to express how many wonderful moms like you have helped us to be greater people in the world. We can’t always go to our first moms. But you, our sacred other moms mold us, guide us and advise us in ways that stay with us forever. You are sacred, honored and a critical part of our lives as another mom.
To all the Moms who have crossed over: Happy Mother’s Day
Before you left us, you gave everything to us and this world, You left a legacy behind that will define us for the rest of our lives. We appreciated you so much and never quite realized how much would be gone once you left. Thank you for giving so much while you were here with us.
To all the Mother-in-laws: Happy Mother’s Day
You didn’t even have a choice about getting us as a part of your life, but here we are. You are entrusting us with the most important person in your lives, your child. And though things may not have always been perfect between us (laugh) you do the best you can to welcome us. Thank you. We really do love you...you created the most important person in our lives.
To all the Foster Moms: Happy Mother’s Day
You are taking in a child in hopes to improve their lives, You give perhaps to exhaustion and receive little in return. But though it might not seem like it at times, giving with love, can help to improve the lives of those that might seem lost. You deserve to be honored for your hard work.
To all the Adopting Moms: Happy Mother’s Day
You are the type of mom who had a choice to bring a child into your life...that is a most incredible gift to someone. Sometimes children are not wanted in life, but you are the antithesis of this. A child that is adopted was brought into your life by choice. Thank you.
To all the Moms who may not be in our lives for some reason: Happy Mother’s Day
Some mothers are not in our lives. Sometimes this is temporary, sometimes this is not. Sometimes it is by choice. Some mothers in life make poor choices or are abusive or victims of abuse themselves. None of this means we do not love them. But sometimes it is ok not to have these mothers in our lives so that everyone can heal in their own ways.
Inasmuch as there is happiness and joy to some, there is also pain and sadness to others. But we can still acknowledge that the Creator has put us into life situations for a number of reasons.
This said, though some mothers may not be in our lives, we still wish the best for them, love them as best as we can and try to live a great life for those that are around us today. We still wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.
To all the single Father’s or Grandparents who had to step forward: Happy Mother’s Day
Sometimes the Mother may not be a part of the child’s life for a multitude of reasons, for those fathers or grandparents who have had to take on the mom role… thanks to you. You are also to be honored on this day.
To ALL the Moms out there - You are amazing, you are loved and you are appreciated.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) is the Associate editor of Indian Country Today. Follow him on Twitter at @VinceSchilling.