I want to wish a happy Mother's Day to everyone out there who mothers, in all the senses of the word. As someone who has not herself had any biological children, I know there are many opportunities in our world to mother, as I have had with my stepson, Zander. I've been in his life for half of it, and I like to think I've been a good influence on him. Stepmothers and other caretakers often get short shrift when it comes to the cult of motherhood, so let's not forget all the "mothers" in our lives today.
My own mother is a strong survivor who's weathered more than her share of hardships. Even though her 'bio' mothering years are mostly done - though you're a parent for life, truly - she also nurtures the religious lives of the young children in her catechist care. Though I've taken a different spiritual path, Mom's committed Catholic faith is a real inspiration to me, as I'm sure it is to the young souls she guides with her wise teachings.
She gave her young adult years to raising four kids and living the nomadic life of an Air Force wife, only to find divorce and years out of the official workforce left her with only service jobs as an option. She worked in a convenience store, a bakery, and a retail store for years, and she still today finds time and energy to work for little pay as a catechist. She's also given freely of her volunteer hours to her church. She is a mother to many.
With love and pride for my own beautiful mother, I say to all: Happy Mother's Day!