I say it all the time: I am a word-nerd and I love it. I was not at all surprised to look up the etymological meaning of mother and find that it is ‘breast-feeder’ (the English word mother and Latin mater and many similar maternal words contain the worldwide etymon ma ‘breast’ + ter an Indo-European agent suffix).
Breastfeeding my baby girls was the most amazing bonding time. Even though I felt connected to my girls since they were in my belly, breastfeeding is when I truly when I felt like a mom.
The title mother isn’t a holy term in its own. Any woman can give birth to a child, but it takes LOVE IN ACTION to be a mother.
I looked up motherhood in the Collins English Dictionary. It is:
1. the state of being a mother2. the qualities characteristic of a mother
A true mother exercises motherhood by practicing and progressing in the qualities of a LOVING mother.
Are YOU a LOVING Mom? When in doubt, read the instructions:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. ~ The Bible (AKA a loving mother’s instruction manual)
Love is Perfect…while we are not. It takes the inner strength of a faithful woman to wake up with the desire to exercise motherhood, to be consistent, and to put it in action throughout the day (and night)… everyday.
“Her children arise and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’”
I love that there is a day dedicated to celebrate my motherhood. I have been anticipating the day with enthusiasm: My daughters spent their money and their time making sure I felt special… “mami, you’re going to love your surprises”… and I do.
Happy Mother’s Day to all LOVING mothers… those of you that wear your title as a tribute of the work you do within yourselves, for your children, your spouses, your community and the Earth. I call you BLESSED and PRAISE you all.
Guiding YOUR Path to Success,
Copyright © Elayna Fernández 2012