“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” - Erma Bombeck
This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day. So, in honor of and excitement for my very first Mother’s Day, I wanted to take time to celebrate the magic of the “Mother” and the importance of celebrating mothers.
Strap on those thinking caps, time for a little history lesson: The word ‘Mother’ comes from the Latin word ‘Mater’. When I did a little digging I found that the word ‘mater’ also means “the backing holding parts of an astrolabe” (Promise I’m going somewhere here so bear with me…)
An astrolabe is an instrument used in Ancient and Medieval Era’s for locating and predicting the positions of everything important in the Universe; such as stars, planets, the Sun, and for determining time and space.
So, this got me thinking - metaphorically speaking, does this mean that mothers are in fact the holding parts of the most important and essential matters that define the very creation of our existence in this Universe? Did God, in fact, make mothers to help him hold this world and everything precious in it together? Sure, sounds easy to put that kind of responsibility on the fragile human psyche…no pressure!
So, why did God create mothers?
Maybe your answer aligns with those answered by a school of 2nd graders (I think my favorite answer is “To help us out of there when we were getting born.” LOL).
Or ,maybe your answer aligns with best-selling author and humorist Erma Bombeck, from her 1974 Mother’s Day column.
For me, my idea of why God created mothers aligns closely with Ann Voscamp. She compares the mother to The Giving Tree, and I couldn’t agree more. I believe that mothers were created in the same vision that God created life. To love is to suffer, so God created a mother. To live is to suffer, so God created mothers so within them, he could create life. Maybe God believes that only mothers can endure the pain, struggle, joy and beauty that comes with this kind of responsibility.
Mothers can be brushed aside, led to exhaustion, judged, used up, cussed out, stretched thin - all while running on 2 hours of sleep, working full time, having babies, curing illnesses, and selflessly being a mom to their children, husbands, sisters, brothers, friends, co-workers, in-laws and strangers.
A mother’s imperfection defines what makes her strong, courageous, graceful, forgiving, bountiful and forever glorified in the eyes of God and the world.
To me, the metaphor isn’t coincidental. The Mother is the Mater, she is the holding part to what makes this world go round. She can endure it all, expectedly and completely.
So to my incredible mother, loving stepmother, always positive mother-in-law, amazing grandmothers and to any mother out there that has ever lent their shoulder for me to lean on, I honor you this Mother’s Day. You love and show love the way it is intended, unconditionally.
Below are ideas on how to best celebrate the mothers in your life. I have also listed the best advice my amazing mother ever gave me.
Mother’s Day celebration ideas:
Make her breakfast/brunch: Stacy Little, from the awesome blog Southern Bite, has a great southern themed brunch recipe that is perfect for Mother’s Day! Click here for the recipe and demo, as seen on the Today Show and in his new book!
Make it sentimental: Give a mom you love something that she can cherish even after the holiday. I absolutely love these custom name rings from Ivy Diamond Cole. You can get any name you want, like your child’s or husbands name.
Let her decide: Ask the mom in your life what she wants to do. A day at the beach, go for a hike, a spa day, celebrate with a dinner? Let her decide, it is her day!
Celebrate together: No matter what you do, make sure to carve out time to be together, even if it’s just a phone call. It may be about her, but togetherness is part of it.
Best advice my mother ever gave me:
- Pray hard
- You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar
- It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it
- Never go fat free when it comes to Mayonnaise (always choose Hellman’s)
- Nothing good happens after midnight
- Always, always, always wear underwear
What is the best advice you ever got from your mother? What does a mother mean to you? Any tips to make Mother’s Day a beautiful celebration? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!