When I was younger, Mother’s Day was only about MY Mom.
Me and my brothers would team up with Dad, who would take us to the store and turn us loose with five bucks a piece. Before we got smart enough to pool our money together and get her a decent $15 gift, we used to split up and meet back at the cash register with a damage-discount candle, fanny pack and a spatula. We knocked out a homemade card and hoped Dad pulled through with some flowers and a piece of jewelry, which he always did. We rode his coattails, signing our names to the ‘polished’ Hallmark sentiment.
But it was never about the gifts, however, we didn’t learn that until much later…
Now I’m older. I’m married. I’m a stay-at-home dad responsible for two mobile midgets. There are a lot more moms in my life than before.
Mother’s Day no longer only celebrates my mom, but EVERY mom in both my family and my wife’s. It’s a hierarchy of ladies like Mama and Mommy and the seasoned vets who have graduated into Nana, Nona, Laine-Laine, Gram or Memaw.
And for me, it hasn’t stopped there. It’s my neighbor Katie. It’s the woman crossing the street or the checker at Safeway. And oddly enough, in this age of social media and technology, it’s Twitter & Bloggy Moms. I’ve never met them personally, but I know everything about them. I follow their adventures, listen to their advice and read while they vent on a Friday night.
So to acknowledge ALL the Moms in my life (whether you know you’re in it or not), I thought it was only fair to celebrate them here today. If you’re looking for some great moms to celebrate (follow) today, join with me and send them a message. Let them know that we love and appreciate everything they do.
I – @ieatmykidzsnack – Lady of the House wipes asses and takes names.
S – @shorelinemommy – Liz is a mommy in Connecticut and can be found sharing her stories on Twitter.
X, Y & Z – Just like the letter K, I’m stymied. However, there were a few that I can’t help but mention.
* The Lexingtonienne – Hannah lives in SoCal, a Kentucky transplant that dishes up some DELICIOUS recipes with the help of her daughter Eleanora.
From my family…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Hallmark, if you’re reading this, I made the card above and am looking for a job.