I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage.
~ Elizabeth Taylor
Mother's Day. Days like this can't help but bring reflection, whether you're a mother or not.
In fact, in my close community there is a good number of women are not mothers, in the sense that they have birthed a child. There was a time when there was a pretty big stigma that came along with a woman who didn't have children, whether it was by her own choosing or not. And, there still is a certain level of judgment or event pity in some minds, in some circles.
I have so much admiration for mothers who are dedicated to raising and nurturing, loving their offspring. I have a fabulous mother whose priorities and dedication never wavered as I struggled through painful adolescence into adulthood. She rocks! In fact, I'm surrounded by incredible moms in my family, my sister inspires me, and my aunt and cousin-moms are amazing. This day is theirs and I honor them with great love and respect.
But, today got me thinking about how, interestingly, I think of my pack of childless compadres as a Mother-hood of another kind.
The mother of it all is that we all have it in us to mother each other and most importantly, ourselves. In our Mother-hood, we nurture each other's passions and pursuits. We offer a shoulder to lean on, a middle of the night phone call, a stern word when needed and cheers of joy for the smallest accomplishments.
One of the greatest gifts a mother can give the one she's nurturing, is to be a mirror. And, in my Mother-hood we stand for each other, providing that mirror that's hard to look into at times. But, it's a mirror that provides a reflection of truth, which is what allows us to grow and evolve as people. The mother that can tell you the truth, is the mother of it all.
So, Happy Mother's Day to ALL mothers.