As it gets closer to Mother’s Day, commercials and store flyers are all promoting gifts for Mom. Cards and gifts make this holiday seem like just another commercial excuse to but things that you don’t really need. This Mother’s Day, celebrate your family instead of yourself.
This will be my fourth year when I am a Mom on Mother’s Day. Before I became a Mom, Mother’s Day was all about my mom – celebrating my mom, buying her a present and a card. Now that I’m a Mom, the day has more meaning to me personally.
On my first Mother’s Day, my first daughter was only about two months old. So not only was I a new mom with a baby at home, I was also a first time Mom on Mother’s Day. To be honest, I would probably have forgotten all about Mother’s Day with all the lack of sleep if it wasn’t for my husband. It was a special day for us, but more because we were still dealing with so many “firsts.”
Now that I am on my fourth Mother’s Day, I am looking at it through a different lens. It’s not new to me anymore to celebrate Mother’s Day as a Mom. So the special “newness” has worn off. I’m starting to realize something very important – I am a Mom because of my kids. It may seem kind of silly and obvious, but without them it just wouldn’t be the same.
I love this quote which encompasses how I feel this Mother’s Day –
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
It’s not about being a Mother, it’s about what makes you a Mother. So this Mother’s Day, I’m going to celebrate what makes me a Mother – my family.
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