Who’d have known the worldwide impact of Anna Jarvis’ tireless three-year campaign (beginning circa 1905) to establish a formal day of exalting Mom?!
Scrolling Facebook’s newsfeed on any given day, a random ‘mother post’ will appear. Perhaps it’s one mom’s happy day of pondering her role, or her long, sleepless night with a newborn, a pic of little Chubbles, the first tooth popping through Boo Boo’s gums, a sick day with Junior, a high school graduation, but mostly warm fuzzies about the incredible love, the depth of understanding, the universal, mind-boggling mommy revelations captured in a paragraph.
But a single Facebook post blip-on-the-screen could never describe the life of a mother. Not a Tweet, not a page, not a phonebook-thick novel, not an hour, not a day, not a year could adequately encapsulate the heart and life and mission of a mom.
Face it...we are nothing short of ruined for all time at the birth of our precious ones. Yep, stuck with a love we never comprehended, never anticipated and can never be free of as we must vulnerably, day-by-day release this rapidly growing, maturing young bird to fly on its own. Yes it's a priceless privilege and yet it's a burden like no other, this powerful mother-love force!
Sleepless nights, troubled days, worries over this and worries over that, are our new lot in life. It’s that fever in infancy, it’s that new-found freedom in youth, it’s that late-night traffic in young adulthood multiplied repeatedly by countless factors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the number of children one has been given by God.
No matter the age, no matter the season, no matter the holiday, no matter the socio-economic status or country of origin, the emotional investment, the sense of urgency a whole hearted mother feels about her children is all-encompassing and ever-looming. Richard Branson, that wise, knowing billionaire put it succinctly, “A parent is only ever as happy as their least happy child.”
He nailed it. Whatever the success or achievement a parent has realized, there is little enjoyment if Junior is suffering in some way. Parents live to see their offspring thrive!
So, although our nation declares today to be the official 'Mother's Day,' every single day is 'mother's day' when you're a mom because you're owned by a love beyond measure, for all time, with no pause and....
...which of us moms wouldn't want it to be so?
P.S. Don't even get me started on the grandchild-love topic.
We'll save that for another time.
Posted by Denise Mira.