Mother’s Day is one day to celebrate moms everywhere. Although one day surely isn’t enough to truly show moms how important they are to the world, at least it’s an acknowledgement. I have been a mother for 16 years now and none of the stages that I have experienced have been easy. But let’s talk about women as a group right now. Caring for others is in our DNA.
From the time we are little girls, we help care for siblings, pets and of course, our baby dolls. I promise you that if you could sit in a preschool classroom, you’d see the most adorable little girls loving on their classmates by sharing toys, giving hugs, and kissing boo boos.
As teenagers, we care for our friends. We lift them up and celebrate their accomplishments. As an adult, watching a teen worry over friends who broke up with a boyfriend, failed a test, or whose parents are getting divorced will melt your heart.
Then our adult life starts. First comes love, then comes marriage and we start caring for our husbands. (Nurturing is kind of our thing.) Although I know men who have been married for years will jokingly say what a pain their wife is, watch them when they think no one is watching. They need their wives and enjoy a much richer life because of women. It’s actually statistically proven that married men live longer, healthier lives!
Then comes a baby in the baby carriage — we are officially moms! Our biggest job and I’m sure the one we are the best at. We spend literal decades of our lives raising humans to be the best they can be. We enrich this crazy world by adding good people to it.
After years of getting through each rough stage after another, moms get promoted to grandmothers and that’s amazing and repayment for every hardship parenting ever had. Getting to play with your kids’ kids and not having to worry about their general welfare is the best part of aging (r so I’m told).
And those are the life stages of a mom.
This Mother’s Day, I want to celebrate moms, but also WOMEN. I’m not in any way trying to negate the enormous job that being a mother is, but women are such a kind and caring group as a whole.
Women without children love and spoil their nieces and nephews and their friends’ kids. Children absolutely bloom at this extra attention. It’s like kids know that their moms “have” to love them and so the non-moms who love them are the ones they actually appreciate.
Women without children are completely top-notch pet parents. Their dogs and cats are always groomed, eat the best food, and have way more toys than they need. I’m sure if these pets could talk, they would not hesitate to nominate their moms for Best Mom Ever.
Women without children fill roles such as working in healthcare, being first responders, teaching our future, and rescuing animals.
Women without children love and contribute to this world just as much as the Moms who are celebrated each Mother’s Day.