On my last Mother’s Day with Catherine, she squeezed in close and excitedly presented a card she had hidden in her backpack. It was oversized and decorated with pasted cutouts that spelled MOM. Inside she wrote the things she loved doing together like reading, especially books about “hauses” (horses).
As Mother's Day approaches, I think about all the ones I have celebrated with both my babies. I now understand that Mother’s Day is so much more than breakfast delivered bedside or a beautifully plated dinner. Mother’s Day is about honoring what a mama gives her baby. And, as Catherine reminded me, it’s not the material things.
This week, we wanted to celebrate the intangibles all moms - human and animal -give their babies: protection, life skills and that gentle touch that brings instant calm. In the days ahead, you might remember all your mama has given you or what you have given your own babies. May the words written in the oversized card with cutout letters, given or received, bring you back to that motherly adoration. Sending you my love this Mother’s Day.