As a little girl, my favorite place was my mother’s lap. As I went through adolescence, I was embarrassed to give her a kiss in front of my friends. As a teenager she was my arch-nemesis. Now, as an adult, she is one of my best friends. Though our relationship changed throughout the years, one thing remained constant—she is my mother and I love her. <br /><br />

As a little girl, my favorite place was my mother’s lap.  As I went through adolescence, I was embarrassed to give her a kiss in front of my friends.  As a teenager she was my arch-nemesis.  Now, as an adult, she is one of my best friends.  Though our relationship changed throughout the years, one thing remained constant—she is my mother and I love her.

For nearly a century, we’ve dedicated the second Sunday in May to mothers, and deservingly so.  We all have mothers, some of us are mothers, and many of us will be mothers.  Though the literal definition of a mother is “a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth,” that is not the only definition.  A mother is the maternal figure in our lives, the woman who takes care of, nurtures and guides us.  Mothers are the rock throughout our lives and the constant source of strength and encouragement, so it’s only fitting that we take one day to thank the amazing mothers in our lives.

Traditionally, Mother’s Day is full of flower bouquets, gift-wrapped boxes and Sunday brunches.  But keep in mind that the most important and meaningful gift we give on Mother’s Day isn’t found between the tulips, the newest spring dress or the stacks of French toast.  It’s found in the bear hugs, the heartfelt cards, the words that we speak and the adoration in our eyes.  No matter what stage in life we’re at with our mothers, let’s celebrate the amazing woman that she is on Mother’s Day and thank her for always being there.