What to say on Mother's Day?

May 14, 2017 - 8:32am

Oh, to write a Mother's Day piece and not sound cheesy.

After racking my brain for what I could possibly say for Mother's Day that would be profound, I thought of two simple words we often forget to say: Thank you.

It's so easy to come off as ungrateful or unappreciative, thus those two words can go such a long way.

So thank you to all the mothers (especially my partner and my mom) for protecting us and teaching us a great deal of life's lessons.

Thank you for always having our back when adversity stands in our way.

Thank you for all the diapers you've changed, whether they were ours or our children's. And thank you for all times you get up in the middle of the night to tend to our little one crying.

Thank you for bringing our child into the world. It is a long, exhausting, potentially depressing and certainly extremely painful process to go through sometimes. And on many occasions, that process doesn't end just because the pregnancy is over.

Most of all, thank you for molding us into the human beings we are today. For showing us which direction to go when we came to a fork in the road. For giving us the strength to climb that mountain and face our most daunting challenges. For picking us up when we fell down.

Thank you for showing your son or daughter what right and wrong is. That we may look different, but really, we are all the same. Thank you for showing us that the world can be a safe place if you respect the planet and the people on it.

Thank you.

If you're reading this and grew up without a mother of any sort for whatever reason, but you had a father, tell him thank you today, or remember him with fondness. And make Father's Day next month extra kickass.

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