The first Mother’s Day in the United States was celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as a national holiday honoring mothers in 1914. Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to the celebration, remembrance, and honoring of mothers, motherhood, and the supreme influence of mothers in our personal lives and society at large. This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Motherhood is a very powerful archetype in human culture. So powerful, that major religions are strongly infused with the mother image and their importance in the world is undeniable. For those that claim the title of mother, we know that there is no other job in the world that carries the gravity of motherhood. Being a mother is a role from which there is no reprieve. It has been touted as the most thankless and rewarding job at the same time. I have found that the easiest part of being a mother is the love that one feels for their children. The rest of it can be challenging, especially when external influences and parties want to dictate a right and a wrong way to be a mother.
I have a wonderful mother. She has always been there for me and my sisters whenever we needed her. She has gone out of her way over the years to teach us valuable lessons, provide a helping hand, and to show us acceptance and love. She has offered us advice, space, and options. She has allowed us to grow into the individuals that we are and has loved us through our awkwardness and rebellion, even when we made bad decisions. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t struggled in her role as mother.
I did not fully appreciate this aspect of motherhood until I became one myself. Being a mother is about making hard decisions for the development and growth of another human being. Sometimes it means making the wrong choices and having to say “I’m sorry”. Oftentimes, it results in massive eye-rolling directed at you, or even the occasional “I hate you” as a result of disciplinary action. It involves a lot of tears, a lot of sweat, and a lot of laughter. It involves thinking outside of the box in order to see that your child can function within it.
Being a mother is not an easy job.
This is why I celebrate Mother’s Day. To me, Mother’s Day is a special day dedicated to recognizing the impossible task that is parenting and sharing my appreciation and adoration of the woman that took on that mission on my behalf. I can choose to celebrate that day by taking her out to dinner or bringing her flowers. But I know deep down that the only thing she cares about is having her children around her on that day, enjoying life as it is. After all, that is why we do what we do as mothers.
This year, give your mom (or mother-figure) the gift of self-care. Let her know that you support any time she takes for herself because she deserves it. Ancient Aromas has a wonderful selection of all-natural body care products that are perfect for indulging. Click on the SHOP button on our web page to see all that we have to offer. Feel free to email us for ideas and customized gift baskets. And you have permission to indulge for yourself, too! Order by Wednesday, May 9 for guaranteed delivery or take advantage of our local pickup option for central Kentucky residents.