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Editor's Note

Editor Joan Ritchie shares her thoughts about Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is this coming weekend and again I want to make mention of how wonderful it is to have or had a mother, and for many, someone who has played a mother’s role in true form. Your nurturing and love won’t go unnoticed as every individual deserves a ‘mother’s’ love.  

I really love what I read written by Shravya Reddy on Quora at She said, “It’s very difficult to explain a mother's love because it's unconditional. She can sacrifice her entire life to make her children happy and achieve their dreams. She can sleep with an empty stomach just to feed their children and never complain about her fate. A smile on her children’s face can take away all her stress. She can spend all her lifetime savings for her children’s education without even buying a few things for her own which she wanted to have since her childhood. She will spend many sleepless nights to make sure her kids are taking medicines on time. She will call them everyday just to make sure they are having food on time. She can fight with the entire world for her kids. It is true that God can't be everywhere so he created Mother.❤️” all of it! Been there and done that, but my story as a mother is still an ongoing process as I continue to fulfill motherly duties even long after the kids have left the nest, which is years already. This is not by expectation but a labour of love, and the process continues on down to my grandchildren who I love to dote on from a distance with homemade cookies and whatever they ask ‘grandma mumu’ for. As long as it’s within my means, I work to make it happen.  

I consider those parents and grandparents that have the opportunity to live close to their kids and offspring such a blessing. To be able to see them, touch them and smooch them up on a regular basis has always been a dream of mine but we make the best of it from a distance. One thing is for sure, you can’t live on your kid’s doorstep. That will never work because expectations change with each individual. As well through time, life changes; kids grow up and do their own thing. They have plans of their own but when we have the opportunity to be together, it makes for happy and fulfilled hearts and creates special memories.  

Over the years, we have tried to make our times together as special as possible because making special memories together is the only thing that will impact their hearts; it's not things. Time is important and showing those you love that they hold a place of priority in your life is by spending time with them. It shouldn’t be a burden.    

So, if you still have ‘a mother’ in your life on this earth, make sure to let her know how much you love and appreciate all that she has done for you.  Happy Mother’s Day!

“A Mother’s Love
Less advice, more listening
Less improving, more celebrating
Less tough love, more understanding
Less criticizing, more relating
Less expecting the worse, more seeing the best”
…Author unknown 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.


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