From the time we are born, throughout our lives, mothers nurture us through love, discipline aka "tough love," guidance and, most of all, just being there.
Women do their mothering in a variety of ways and with more than just the human race.
I know lots of dog moms, horse moms and kitty-cat moms who spread their love and earn their medals.
Because of the bond they establish with us early in our lives, all the challenges, the low moments, the joy and great memories wrap themselves into one ongoing package.
In spite of the obstacles and because of the overpowering knowledge that their nurturing is almost always motivated by wanting the best for us, we honor our mothers as best we can.
We give back in many ways. We let them know we appreciate their efforts, and we rejoice for the good times spent in their presence.
My mother had a wonderful day yesterday and her ride will continue today on official Mother's Day 2012.
At The Bridge for Assisted Living, the staff put on a lovely Mother-Daughter brunch. And, with that brunch, Mother's annual celebration began.
She's been a mother for almost 68 years, so those whom she's nurtured began sending their appreciation, in this case through beautiful spring flowers and an exquisite corsage.
Yes, Mother had a great day and tokens of appreciation for her will continue through this weekend.
For Debbie, the homecoming from a memorable European trip was no less sweet, as her beloved pups wasted no time letting her know how much they missed and loved their mom.
The definition of "Mom" can include a broad swath, just as the photos above show. All living beings thrive thanks to the nurturing of a "mom" somewhere in their lives.
And, we who have been nurtured extend eternal appreciation.