Motherhood is universal.
No matter where we are in this great big world of ours, we humans, males and females alike, got here partly, by way of a female parent.
In most cases, she nurtures us from day one, and we in turn love and depend on her from day one.
She gives us sustenance, hugs and kisses, warmth, and for the very fortunate, she puts us on the best path she knows how, according to where she is, and what she knows.
Sooner or later, most females want to experience motherhood.
Those who do not, can not or shouldn’t, but give birth, still carry their child for nine months, then hopefully give them an opportunity to be mothered by someone who does.
I was first fostered, then adopted myself. Both women who cared for me lovingly took part in the motherhood experience.
For this, I celebrate them every day!
I also adopted my son at six months because I wanted in on the experience as well, as I would never conceive a child myself.
True motherhood is a bond like no other, and rarely if ever is broken.
It is a connection, perhaps even a spiritual one, stated here, for those whose beliefs swing this way. Mine certainly does!
Now, I want to share some touching quotes about motherhood, since I’m hardly an authority on the subject.
Feel free to leave your thoughts on Motherhood in the Comment Section!
“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” —Robert A. Heinlein
“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing something wrong.” —Donna Bell
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” –Milton Berle
“She [my mother] was the force around which our world turned. My mother was propelled through the universe by the brute force of reason. She was the judge in all our arguments. One disapproving word from her was enough to send us off to hide in the corner, where we would cry and fantasize our own martyrdom. And yes, one kiss would restore us to princedom. Without her, our lives would dissolve into chaos.” –Nicole Krauss
“You don’t have favourites among your children, but you do have allies.” –Zadie Smith
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” — N.K. Jemisin
“Sometimes, the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” –Barbara K.
“Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother? Did you lose that label when you relinquished your child? If people were measured by their deeds, on the one hand, I had a woman who had chosen to give me up; on the other, I had a woman who’d sat with me at night when I was sick as a child, who’d cried with me over boyfriends, who’d clapped fiercely at my law school graduation. Which acts made you more of a mother?” —Jodi Picoult
“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.” –Howard W. Hunter
“Both I realized. Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.” –Jodi Picoult
“It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the fantasy of what you thought motherhood would be like, and what you thought you would be like as a mother, with reality.” –Debra Gilbert Rosenberg
“I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love & duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” –Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
“There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” –Julie B. Beck
“If I were asked to define Motherhood, I would have defined it as Love in its purest form. Unconditional love.” –Revathi Sankaran
“In our country we call this type of mother love teng ai. My son has told me that in men’s writing it is composed of two characters. The first means pain; the second means love. That is a mother’s love.” –Lisa See
“Have you any idea how many children it takes to turn off one light in the kitchen? Three. It takes one to say: ‘What light and two more to say I didn’t turn it on.'” –Erma Bombeck
“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” –James Faust
“And a mother without children is not a mother at all, and if I am not a mother, than I am nothing. Nothing. I am like sugar dissolved in a glass of water. Or, I am like salt, which disappears when you cook with it. I am salt. Without my children, I cease to exist.” –Thrity Umrigar
“I wondered how long it took for a baby to become yours, for familiarity to set in. Maybe as long as it took a new car to lose that scent, or a brand-new house to gather dust. Maybe that was the process more commonly described as bonding: the act of learning your child as well as you know yourself.” –Jodi Picoult
Let me leave you with a special note:
The white carnation was the original flower of Mother’s Day.
A lady by the name of Anna Jarvis is believed to be the founder of the modern version of Mother’s Day in the United States.
Her insistence may have also inspired other countries [at the time] to follow her lead and recognize mothers on a special day of their choosing too.
Anna chose the white carnation because it was her mother’s favorite flower, and it caught on.
In a 1927 interview, she said:
“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother’s love never dying.”
What are your thoughts on Motherhood?
What flower would you choose???