It was 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May. This day was set aside to honor the ladies in our families who have taken on the task of motherhood. An honor greatly deserved.
Whether she is a biological, foster, step, or adoptive mom, all mothers have offered a glimpse into the “love chapter” in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13. This portrait of perfect love can be seen through these imperfect ladies in the things that they do every day. From their simple acts, their unrelenting patience, to their profound endurance, mothers stand as an example of the impact of love. These are the days that create a profound legacy from every mother to her child.
Love is patient and kind.
We see this in the hours that a mother of a child with special needs sits in the doctor’s waiting room, trying to entertain and distract her precious child who is facing another unpleasant visit. It can be seen when the unanswerable question “why?” is asked for the fifteenth time by her three-year-old, yet the mother still tries to answer it. Or when she takes her daughter shopping from store open to store close to find the perfect dress for the dance…she manages three meltdowns and visits seven stores with no less than six wardrobe changes at each location. “The best part of being a mom to me is the unconditional love. I have never felt a love as pure, a love that’s as rewarding.” Monica Denise Brown
It does not demand its own way.
When a mother delights in her child’s first word, “dada,” even if it’s not the one she wished for… The decision made to set aside her own life pursuits because her child, in this season, needed her more. When she determines that the budget can be trimmed because the boredom in school was finally interpreted correctly: her child is academically gifted and it requires a change in education to reach his full potential. When “Thomas Edison’s teacher sent him home with a note that said, ‘Your child is dumb; we can’t do anything for him.’ Mrs. Edison wrote back, ‘You do not understand my boy. I will teach him myself.'”
From their simple acts, their unrelenting patience, to their profound endurance, mothers stand as an example of the impact of love.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
When she keeps silent as she watches her middle school child stomp up the stairs, mumbling angry adjectives directed toward her the entire way, even though she is exhausted from the encounter. The realization that her child is stealing from the family to support a drug habit, yet her only concern is how to help her child overcome this challenge. Holding back the easily spoken “I told you so” because the lesson has painstakingly been learned. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Honore de Balzac
Love never gives up, never loses faith.
When a foster mom is willing to face the unending visits to the courtroom advocating for a child who is not her own, yet she treats him as such while he’s in her care. She spends evenings pouring over homework that seems impossible to her child and is steadfast until it is mastered. Remaining on her knees, praying for that prodigal child, and believing that one day they will find their way home. “I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.” Conor Oberst
Is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Discovering her child is the target of bullying and acting to protect. Begin the difficult motherhood transition from protecting to preparing, letting the hard knocks hit enough so adulthood will be successful. Providing constant reinforcement to the doubtful child to help them believe no matter what the challenge, they can. “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life” Abraham Lincoln
“I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.” Conor Oberst
But love will last forever!
The legacy of love a mother creates will not be felt only on Mother’s Day, but every day. It is not in the dramatic moments or perfect acts but in the simple, tenacious, and enduring ones. Those are the moments and memories that make up a legacy every mother can leave. “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona
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