FOCUS: Mother’s Day is a celebration of… love

Sunday, May 8 will be a special day for women. Mother’s Day is a day of celebration for millions of mothers who have the trusted care of children all over the world. I am not a mother, you say. One does not have to birth a child to be a mother. A woman has the inner mother instinct that can be applied to someone who needs love, nurture and guidance. A mother… is love. 

West Virginia is well documented as the home of the original Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day began in Grafton and has been one of the most celebrated holidays since it began. Thousands of flowers and cards are delivered each year on Mother’s Day. Mothers are pampered with special gifts and special dinners which help to show appreciation to the person who gives unconditional love, serves in numerous capacities in and out of the home to nurture their children or children of others. Mothers are special and they deserve to be pampered. If you have never been a mother, do not have a living mother, do not have any children to mother, you are still special as a caring and nurturing individual who can make a difference in the lives of others. 

I have found several ideas for Mother’s Day and I encourage you to try some or all of the ideas as you celebrate Mother’s Day. Pamper yourself by soaking away your worries. Add a little vanilla scent to your bathwater which will relax you. Lift tension with a massage. Many spas or massage therapists give discounts for Mother’s Day. Get more joy out of a fun activity by maintaining your focus. You deserve a break. Plan something special that you like to do but never have the time. Take a time out to listen to your favorite music, read a book or go to lunch or a movie with a friend. If you cannot spend much money, visit a thrift store and find something just for you. Make up your mind to get some exercise, eat healthy foods, get some rest and get out and have some fun. If you feel good about yourself, you will feel better able to take care of your family.

Here are some tips for better brainpower for your life. Fire up your memory with fish in your diet. Maximize your concentration with meat. If you are a vegetarian, eat plenty of dairy products. Eat more fruit to keep the mind active with good brain cells. Changing your diet can make a great difference in your energy level, your concentration and learning skills.

With the strawberry festival coming up, here is a tip on the use of strawberries in your diet which gives your body a boost with Vitamin C to give you a blast of antioxidants that fight the damaging free radicals released when you’re feeling anxious. Unwind with chocolate-covered strawberries. Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate are great as the dark chocolate is proven to reduce your levels of stress hormones. Strawberries are also good on any diet when you must watch your carb and sugar intake.

Here are some of the things your Mother does for you. She introduced you to this wonderful world and helped you survive.  She understands your needs and does everything she can to fill those needs. She takes care of you and will always be there for you no matter how old you are. When you were a child, she took you where you needed to go.  Your mother comforts you in sickness and sorrow and always gives you support. Mothers try to make you happy, and you can depend on your mother to give you understanding and advice when making difficult decisions. A Mother’s love is unconditional. No matter how old you are, your mother will worry about you and always be there when you need her.

I leave you with these thoughts about Mother’s Day.

“It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have… One pair that sees through closed doors… Another in the back of her head… and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he or she goofs up and reflect ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.” – Erma Bombeck

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” - Dorothy from The Golden Girls

“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” – Jewish proverb

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us. Mothers whose love is so precious it can never be measured. Mothers whose patience seems to have no end. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them, we pray. We pray for Mothers who fear they will run out of love, or time or patience. We ask you, Heavenly Father, to bless all mothers, everywhere on this special day set apart with your love for them and for the love they so freely give to sons and daughters around the world. Amen.

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A Moment for You. Today will be a better day because of you. Today, in some way, you will make someone’s life easier. Your smile will help someone find theirs. Your concern will remind someone they are loved. Your words will lift someone up or steer them in the right direction. Today, when people count their blessings, one of them will be you! “Happy Mother’s Day!”


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