If you don’t believe the American family is different today than it was 50 years ago, you need only peruse any greeting card aisle.
Mother’s Day cards now come in all varieties. From traditional mother cards to grandmothers to aunts to friends, they now run the gamut. And that’s because mothers now come in many different forms. In fact, the entire family landscape has changed in our country.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a family is “a group of two or more people who reside together and who are related by birth, marriage or adoption.” But in today’s crazy world, families can be separated by miles and insurmountable obstacles. But when there’s a strong mother, no matter what form she takes, a family will survive.
And this year, as Mother’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary, let’s not forget to celebrate the Other Mothers in our lives. Few could say there isn’t a woman in their lives who watches over and protects them, despite an absence of genetic ties. Women have a natural inclination to care for and nurture others, and we’ve all been on the receiving end of that equation.
If you expand your definition of mother, you’ll find there are many women to say thank you to today. Offer a kind word or a simple gesture to the woman who keeps the office in regular supply of baked goods. It may look like just cookies or cakes, but it’s likely her way of showing those she works with just how much they’re cared for.
And don’t forget about the teacher who takes a young, wayward child under her wing when their lives got just a little too rough.
And don’t forget the foster and adoptive mothers who open their homes and hearts to those who don’t have a pillar in the world on which to stand.
This Mother’s Day, remember all the women in your life and the role they’ve played in making you who you are today. And trust us, even if you don’t consider her a mother, we’d bet she looks at you like you were her own. Women are like that.
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