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Celebrating My Parents and Parenthood On National Parents’ Day

Today we celebrate National Parents’ Day! 

Celebrating My Parents and Parenthood On National Parents' Day - My Mom and Me

Mother’s

Moms come in all sizes and all colors. Some moms are traditional while others are not. But, one thing is true about all moms…their role is both the hardest and the most rewarding in the world. And, I might add it doesn’t take an apron and a recipe to make a great mom. A great mom leaves valuable thoughts in each of her children’s heads.

In my opinion, National Parents’ Day is every day, so it is especially gratifying for parents all over America to be given a special day to be recognized across our country. It is certainly fitting to take a day to remember our mom’s words of wisdom that have inspired and stuck with us through time.

Our Mother’s Voice

From inside her womb, we listened to her voice, and while we were growing up she explained life to us little by little. You probably rebelled at some of her advice but as you look back I feel certain you took her very words, lived by them, and passed her pearls of wisdom and her actions down to your children and grandchildren. And, for those of you who are not moms or grandma’s now or yet, you constantly reflect on your mother’s teachings.

I am indebted to my mother and to her parents for teaching me their pearls of wisdom. Our mom’s words of wisdom remain a part of us every day of our life. Here are a few from my mom.

Sharing Stories

On Parent’s Day, my mother will receive a letter from me. Why? Because she taught me to write notes to others to say thank you for something they did that made me happy. Therefore, she will receive a note from me thanking her for doing her best to show me the way.

For those of you whose moms are no longer with you, please write a letter to your daughters, sons, and grandchildren. I will write my daughter, a mom of three, praising her role as a mother and to my grandchildren a short Honey Good, note. I know my mom and daughter will place my letter along with their many other treasured keepsakes.

I watched my mom save every letter and card from our family. My daughter watched me save every sentimental card, letter, and ‘I love you’ gift; so she is doing the same. This is a tradition started by my mom. My daughter learned from observing me do the same and my grands learned from their mom. My daughter-in-law, Jami, is not my child, but I must add her into the mix because she never forgets to remember. And, her three sons, my grandsons, and their wives, never forget either. A note is an expression of love and gratitude

Show Gratitude

Showing gratitude, showing emotion, and celebrating love has always played a key role in our family. I am indebted to my mother for sharing her pearls of wisdom.

Over the years they have been in my head and used when appropriate. Far and above the rest, my mom told me to earn my wings and become a visible and relevant woman and never forget my great asset of being a woman. This attitude transcends throughout each day of my life.

Letters of Thanks

My letter of thanks to my mom will be short and sweet and true. I will express my gratitude to her for teaching me: my word is my bond; that I am visible and relevant, the importance of living life with purpose and passion; to use power in a soft manner, to see life as a series of challenges, not problems; that my top priority should always be my husband and family.

Over the years of my life, I have added to my mother’s list. In my letter to my daughter and daughter-in-law, I will add my experiences to my mom’s list. Have wanderlust. Be worldly. Remember, your inner beauty surpasses your outer beauty. Give back. Be loyal. Be grateful and walk on the sunny side of the street.

Do You Know What The Scholars Say?

Did you know that the scholars say the umbilical cord that connects mother and child can never be severed? I agree, even though there are times children wonder in horror, “How could this be!” I am smiling because I am so lucky to still have my mother and proud to be my mother’s daughter. I want to believe that underneath all the layers of the mother-child relationship, all children feel the same.

Father’s

 

My father could do no wrong in my eyes because he really could not. and everyone who knew him had the same opinion. He was a perfect role model. I write about his wisdom. He taught me to always take the high road. His love of nature inspired me, and I owe him a debt of gratitude. He was charitable with his time and resources to organizations and individuals who needed help. He was a reader, an athlete, a devoted husband, and honorable in business. He had quite a quiet strength and a twinkle in his eye. He was a keeper, as they say.

My Parents

I must have been born under a lucky star in regard to my parents. They were a united team. They never countered one another in front of my brother and me. They were friends and lovers and I am grateful they are mine. I know not everyone is as lucky as my brother and I have been, but that is not always a negative. You rise to your individual situations and become all the wiser and stronger for it. Disappointments, the failure to fulfill our needs, allows us the opportunity to be wonderful parents to our children. And, to be grateful to have the chance.

If you would like, please share the memories of your parents with me in the comments at the bottom of this page. I would love to hear them! 

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2 Comments
  1. I no longer have either of my parents, but in my eyes they will always be the best parents a daughter could ever ask for. I learned many life lessons from my mom, and her mom (my Gram!). No matter how hard life gets, I was taught to be kind and forgiving. My dad was a role model and supported me through hard times in my life. Even after 69+ years of marriage I would see my parents giving each other hugs and kisses. Although I am a single mom, I aspire to instill the same qualities that I was taught in my children and grandchildren.

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