"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there"
~Robert Browning

In honour of Mother's Day I thought i'd write a little something about my mom. 

This is one of my favourite pictures of me with my Mom and my Grandma (I could write a whole other post about my Grandma. She's just as remarkable as my Mom) 

I truly believe that my mom is one of those women who is (and always has been) absolutely positively cut out for motherhood. I think that her reason for being on this planet is to be a mother. 

In her 68 years she has endured many losses:

The loss of a brother in an automobile accident (he was 29);  the loss of her father to alcoholism (he was 58); and the loss of her husband after 40 years of marriage to cancer (he was 61). 

She has mothered a child (who is now a 48 year old adult) with Down Syndrome; adopted a son, and birthed two more kids for good measure (I was the last of the brood). 

But what's most remarkable is that she's done it all without complaints, without regrets and without resentment. And here I am whining about my son not sleeping through the night!

So without further adieu, here are 5 of the most important life lessons I have learned from my mom:

1) Patience: Quietly wait your turn. Everything that you want and need in life will come to you (eventually) if you are patient enough and strong enough to endure annoyance, misfortune and pain without complaint. 

2) Compassion: Each person in the world deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. There are no exceptions to this rule. Advocate for those who can't advocate for themselves. They are the ones who need us the most.

3) Forgiveness: Very little good can ever come from resentment, anger and confrontation. Holding on to those feelings only ends up ruining your day(s). Let it go. Whatever it is. 

4) Loyalty: When you love someone, be fiercely loyal to them. Defend them, listen to them, and put their needs before yours. 

5) Love Deeply: Don't hide your feelings and emotions. Don't wait for tomorrow to tell someone how much they mean to you. If you care for someone, don't just tell them...show them. Your actions will always be the proof of your words. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women of the world who are working hard to make memories for their children. What you are doing is of the utmost importance. All of the little things that you do that nobody remembers and that nobody sees are the very stuff that build children into strong, loving and courageous men and women. Thanks for all that you do!

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