Mother’s Day 2017

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. And I want to dedicate this one to a very special woman who is often overlooked on this holiday. A woman who is neither my mother nor my grandmother or even a mother at all. This Mother’s Day, I pay tribute to my grandmother’s sister who, in essence, was my second grandmother. My incredible great-aunt, who was widowed young and never had children, loved her sister’s kids as if they were her own, including my dad. And when my dad had his own kids, she loved us every bit as much.

 When I was very small, I actually didn’t realize that she wasn’t our grandma. She was and still is an outstanding surrogate. She is one of the many beautiful souls in my life who have shown me what it means to love without restrictions. She has proven that love doesn’t have to follow traditional guidelines to be real and true and pure. As a kid, I didn’t really understand the depth of what was happening. As I got older, I slowly began to realize that I have been blessed with more love than any one person deserves. In no small part due my awesome (great) aunt.

So on this Mother’s Day 2017, let’s all remember the women in our lives who are not mothers in the traditional sense of the word. Let’s salute those women who step up when they don’t have to. Let’s show them how much they mean to us. So today, Aunt V, I salute you. I salute your big smile and your bigger heart. I salute your warm hugs and your open home and all the amazingness that is you. Most of all, I salute your great love. I accept it with gratitude and I return it to you with all my heart. I love you more than I have words to say. Happy Mother’s Day.

Mama Is – A Mother’s Day Tribute

In French, it’s maman; in Spanish, mamá; in Italian, mamma; in Greek, màna; and in English, mama. The most beautiful word in any language and one of the first every baby learns to say, “mama,” “mom,”and “mommy” mean so much more than just “an informal name for one’s mother.”

Mama is . . .

. . . the one who carries us for 9 months in her body and for a lifetime in her heart.

. . . the one whose love for us is immeasurable, no matter what we say or do.

. . . the one whose love is a shelter from the storms of this sea called life.

. . . the one who kisses away the hurt when we fall and scrape our knee and when we fall and break our heart.

. . . the one who always stands beside us; who laughs when we laugh and cries when we cry.

. . . the one who shows us the meaning of courage, strength, and selflessness.

. . . the one who makes any house – big or small, humble or palatial – into a home.

. . . the one whose work is never done, yet she never complains or shirks.

. . . the one who can both comfort and scold without words.

. . . the one who never gives up hope for or loses faith in a wayward son or daughter.

. . . the one whose prayers follow us wherever we may wander.

. . . the one we should love best and honor most in the whole wide world.


So, on this Mother’s Day, I just want to tell you: Thank you, Mama, more than words can say. I love and miss you.

Mama's Love