Caregiving and Mother's Day: Celebrating When You Don't Have Kids
Mother is defined by Webster’s dictionary as a “woman who has given birth to a child or children.” Mother is also defined as an "elderly woman, someone who looks after someone kindly and protectively, sometime excessively so." There are so many different definitions, and yet they all go back to mothers being the givers and caretakers in life.
So, I guess that helps me explain why I’m celebrating Mother’s Day, even though I don’t have children. Yep, today is my day too, and I don’t feel bad about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say I’m a “mother” in the truest sense of the world. But, I do have a “mother” and “sister” that rely on me every day to make it happen. I give them “life” by being a constant source of love and support for them. I would lay down my life with no question to ensure their happiness. I will be their loudest cheerleader, and their biggest “bodyguard”. Yes, this five foot tall woman can become a “giant” when it comes to taking care of my “divas .”
That’s what being a “mother” is all about. It’s not just about giving life, it’s about fighting to ensure that life is protected, loved, and supported at all costs. I’m very fortunate to have been supported by some amazing “mothers” in my life. They’ve given me life in the truest sense of the word, and I’m in awe of them. I only pray I can be half the “mothers” they’ve been to me. They’ve also been my standing example of how to be a “mother” through “caregiving.”
“Caregiving” is a form of “motherhood”. As “caregivers”, we go through all of the highs and lows of “motherhood”. Believe me when I say, there have been sleepless nights, tears, laughter, and immense love. The only difference is that I can only give “life” through my actions and words. Caregivers don’t take that responsibility lightly. That makes us more accountable to ensure our families are loved and protected. My words and actions speak to the heart of me, my most intimate and deepest place. That’s where my “divas” dwell .
So, today I embrace my “motherhood” and I’m so thankful for the special role I’ve been given. I celebrate every “mother” and “caregiver” in the world. We’re the true givers of life, and we deserve to be celebrated for all that we do. I wish you all love and peace on the journey. Do something that celebrates you today! Until we meet again!