Are You a Mother? (Hint, if you’re a woman, the answer is “yes”.)

Renoir's "Young Women Talking"

Are you a mother?  In all deference to Hallmark, I’m not sure I agree with the concept of a mother’s day, especially as narrowly defined in the biological or adoptive sense.  I was blessed to give birth to two wonderful girls; they have brought me great joy and helped me grow as a woman and a mother.  That said, there are women I can think of right now who never had their own children, but are true mothers in my eyes – compassionate, wise, and nurturing (just maybe not quite as crazy).  There are many definitions for the word “mother”;  here are just a few  from the Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com):

  •  A creative source; an origin
  • Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age
  • Maternal love and tenderness
  •  To give birth to; create and produce.
  • To watch over, nourish, and protect maternally

As women, I think we all fit at least one of these descriptions.  As for me, I am thankful for the mothering opportunities God has given me as well as for my own mother and those in my life who have nurtured me.  So, for all women out there, thank you for the invaluable love and support you’ve generously offered family and friends (and strangers) over the years.    I wish you a very happy and blessed mother’s day.

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