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The Meaning Of Mother’s Day

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:54 am

To me, the meaning of Mother’s Day is often misconstrued. Mother’s Day is so much more than telling your mom you love her for all she does for you– it’s about appreciating their strengths, who they are as people, realizing all they’ve sacrificed and recognizing all they’ve put up with.

When our mom was growing up, she always said she “wanted to be a mother” rather than she “wanted to have kids.” Nearly anyone can have kids, but it takes a special type of person to be a mom like ours.

When our dad passed away, my mom had to assume a two-parent-role. Although this would be challenging, out mom has been able to do so, all the while being the kind, compassionate, hardworking, protective mother she should be. She taught us to never give up, but to be wise enough to know when to let go. She taught us to be loyal to those who care for you and to never give up on your dreams. Even though the pain from the death was unbearable at times, she lived by her World War II grandfather’s saying, “Keep getting up.”

I’ve never met someone who’s sacrificed as much as my mom. She always puts us first, no matter what. It’s part of being a real mother. Recognizing when your children need you and putting aside your own needs and wants to do so. Protecting your kids and carrying them when they need to be carried are things a real mom does, and what my mom exemplifies. On top of taking care of us, she also treats other children like her own as well. Our mom is the type of mother you should all strive to be– and we are so proud of her. She is a real, genuine, and might I add beautiful, mom.

Even though Mother’s Day has passed, tell your mom how amazing she is and don’t just think about what she does for you. Consider what she does for others, what she doesn’t do for herself, what she’s sacrificed, and the kind of mother she is. Imagine where you would be without her. Thank her for being herself, for being the best she can be, for unconditionally loving you, for being your wheelchair when you need one. Thank her for being what a mom should be.

Shannon is a junior at Coronado High School.

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