A Salute to All Mothers

May 11, 2024 at 08:25 pm by JC Bowman

Mother's Day is a time to show gratitude and appreciation towards the extraordinary women who have shaped our lives. It is an opportunity to express our love and admiration for the selfless sacrifices and unconditional love that they have bestowed upon us. Let's make this special day even more memorable by showering these remarkable women with the love and affection they deserve.

Can any Mother's Day message be sufficient to discuss the amazing woman in our lives? Mother's Day is a special celebration and appreciation for our mothers' incredible role. The love between a mother and her child is often considered love in its purest form. Throughout history, authors and poets have explored the profound bond between mothers and their children, emphasizing mothers' lasting impact on shaping their children's lives.

Mothers are not only our first best friends but also the ones we can always rely on for guidance and support. Their influence on their children goes far beyond measure. While a mother's physical presence may be temporary, her love remains in the hearts of her children forever. The unique bond between mothers and children is unparalleled, as Gail Tsukiyama describes.

We may not always be aware of mothers' countless unseen contributions to our lives. From conception, a mother's prayers for her children begin, providing them with immeasurable strength. As Laura Stavoe Harm beautifully expressed, a mother understands the essence of her child, not just their actions.

Mothers invest a lot in raising the next generation. Unfortunately, society often fails to support them. Generous family leave programs and affordable, high-quality childcare are necessary to help mothers and promote healthier family dynamics. These issues are critical in professions where many women work, such as teaching. By investing in mothers, we support the well-being and development of children. The availability of adequate childcare options greatly influences teacher retention.

Our mothers are more than just role models; they are our heroes and trusted confidants. We strive to make them proud, valuing their love and approval above all else. A mother's love is relentless and unwavering. She often serves as an unsolicited advisor, always looking out for our well-being, as humorously noted by Erma Bombeck, setting an example for us to follow.

It is often said that how a man treats his mother reflects how he will treat his wife. The love and respect a father displays toward the mother of his children are crucial in building a solid foundation for a family. This understanding has been the bedrock of many successful marriages.

On this Mother's Day 2024, cherish and appreciate the woman we call Mom, Mama, or Mother. Even if we are celebrating a motherless Mother's Day, we can reflect on the valuable lessons she taught us. The women in our lives, especially our mothers and wives, have significantly shaped who we are today. Let us honor and appreciate them and all women on this special day.


JC Bowman is the executive director of Professional Educators of Tennessee.