Mother’s Day is about being a blessing.

You never know what a child will remember most about their childhood, or the people they meet along the way. For me, two of the most memorable and awesome women I remember were single ladies, one a neighbor, the other a teacher, and neither had a child of their own. But they had me, through their kindness and encouragements.

That’s what I said last year and it’s still true. I’d like to thank them and all the women who have an influence in the lives of children. That’s what I think Mother’s Day is all about. Sure, if we are of the human species, we all have mothers. Some can be recalled fondly, some are best left in the distant past. If that’s the case for you, there is likely a woman or two who nurtured you, encouraged you, perhaps listened to the desires of your heart, and prayed for you.

We are called to be positive strong woman in the lives of children around us. I believe this with all my heart. It matters not whether you’ve given birth, it matters the example you set, the connection you make, the woman you are. You may never know the example you set. You may never feel the reward of a relationship. It’s not about you. It’s about the kids. It’s not about being blessed. It’s about being a blessing.

So here is my card for you today:

Thank you for the job you do
    with the children around you.

Thank you for the positive role model you are,
    and for your encouragement and kindness.

Thank you for your strength,
    thank you for your discipline when needed.

Most of all,
    thank you for the gift of your presence.

Happy Mothers Day!

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Photo: Taken in Front Royal, Va

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About Robin Arnold

Reader, writer, gardener, geek, maker of homes in several states, now settled in Virginia with husband Bob, and Hazel and Wilson the tabby cats.
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