• Barb Mayfield

How do you spell M-O-T-H-E-R?


The second Sunday in May. Set aside to celebrate our mothers.


Set aside to honor them. Remember them. Thank them.


Motherhood – definitely something worth celebrating.


What does it mean to be a mother? How do you spell M-O-T-H-E-R?


M = Maker A woman becomes a mother when her body participates in the wonderful creation of a human being, or when her heart participates in the magical bond of love with a child through adoption.


O = Other-centered Often to a fault, mothers put the needs and desires of others above their own. Self-less-ness is not a natural human trait – we are naturally selfish. Then, we become mothers, and a new instinct kicks in. We realize someone else is utterly, completely dependent on us. A mother bear is born.


T = Truth-teller A mother can “tell it like it is.” Honest, hard talks. Come-to-your-senses lectures. Truth that listens first. Truth that builds up and wants what is best for her children. Truth served with unconditional love.


H = Heroine Mothers save the day. Calm the crying baby. Comfort the toddler in terror. Kiss the skinned knee. Deliver the forgotten homework. Hug the hurt feelings. Mend the broken heart. Mothers wear superhero capes.


E = Encourager Mothers are your first and foremost cheerleader, coach, and mentor. They believe in you, bolster your courage, and push you to persevere. They whisper “you can do it” at the recital and yell “GO, GO, GO!” at the track meet. Well into adulthood, mothers deliver encouragement when needed most. Feeling low? Call Mom.


R = Role Model Mothers are our model of what love looks like. Though imperfect, mothers strive for patience, wisdom, and endurance. When a mother exhibits cheerfulness, the whole household feels happy. When a mother displays grace, everyone is kinder and more forgiving. Be like Mom.


How do you spell mother? LOVE.


Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher


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