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Althea and Mommy Circa 1999.
No Mom? No kids? No worries….
In this day of politically correct language, it is hard not to offend someone at any given holiday. Mother’s day is no exception. If you say “Happy Mother’s Day” to someone who has lost their Mom or child, they may be hurt. If you say it to someone who has no children and never wanted them, they might be indignant. If you say it to someone too young, too old, too whatever, there is a risk.
Due to the complexity and differences of a mother’s social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is difficult to designate a globally acceptable definition for the term. So I am saying “Happy Mother’s Day” to ALL women regardless of your biological Mother status. Why? Because we women are all “Mothers”….each and every one of us. Whether you nurture yourself, a partner, care for an animal or just support a friend, in my heart I see you as a beautiful “Mother”.
My biological Mother is still living but absent from my life. But that does not mean that I cannot celebrate this day fully with my own child. In my life, I am my own example of what being a good Mom is…I am always grateful to have broken the chain of abuse that has riddled my family. Being a Mother has both humbled and elated me. I am more patient, compassionate and loving for having had a daughter. To me being a Mom = Better Person.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you MOMS out there!!