May 7, 2016

A Thank You to All Women Who Mother

According to the Webster's Dictionary, the word "mother" is defined in several ways:

1. a female parent.
2. (often initial capital letter) one's female parent.
3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, or adoptive mother.
4. a term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent.
5. a term of familiar address for an old or elderly woman.
6. a woman exercising control, influence, or authority like that of a mother.

For many people, a mother is a woman who cares for you.  She meets your basic emotional and physical needs, by offering comfort, food, water, and shelter.  For most of us, this person is also the woman who gave birth to us.

My birth mother wasn't able to fill this role, but I have been blessed throughout my life with amazing women who provided stellar examples of what motherly love is and could be.  In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I'd like to thank these women for their love and support!

To my Aunts, who made me French Toast (just the way I make it for my kids now), took me shopping, to the lake, to New York City, Eastern Market, and taught me how to shave my legs - Thank you!

To my Grandmas, who have both long passed, but loved me unconditionally over Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and endless games of Cootie and Scrabble, who taught me the love of gardening, sewing, and cooking (especially traditional Mexican food) - Thank you!

To my Sisters, who were in their 20's when I was born, but took time out of their lives to play with, shelter, and generally dote on their baby sister - Thank you!

And most of all, my Mom.  You didn't give birth to me, and I doubt either of us knew what was in store for our relationship over the next 30+ years.  You've been my big sister, my best friend, my mother, and Grandma to my kids.  You've been there when I've been sick, dumped by boyfriends, in trouble, in love, engaged, married, pregnant, and more.  I'm forever grateful that I got to pick you as my Mom. Thank you!

For all of the other women who mother, whether it be to your own children or not - Thank you!  Thank you for loving us and for just being there.

Happy Mother's Day!

Erica is mom to two fantastic little people, Lila (6) and JP (3), and wife to her husband, Patrick.  After 10 years as a career girl, she spent 3 years as a Stay at Home Mom before opening her own small business.  Currently Erica splits her time between taking care of her family and her natural health office and shop, Nature's Wisdom ( where she offers naturopathic services and products.  Erica and her family love to get out and explore Metro Detroit, and all that our area has to offer! 

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