Happy Mother’s Day to the moms. The stepmoms. The mothers-in-law. The foster moms.
Happy Mother’s Day to the mamas of the little ones, trying to work at home and manage their kids and second guessing their choices. Trying to get their kids to engage in online learning. Texting their mom friends for reassurance and humor.
Happy Mother’s Day to the mom friends.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms who suit up every day and go to work at the store, the hospital, the delivery service, the doctor’s office. Who come home and shower off before hugging their kids.
Happy Mother’s Day to every mom trying to get her toddler to put on a face mask, not touch it, and leave it on.
Happy Mother’s Day to the grandmas and nanas who send packages and letters and photos and phone calls and miss their grandchildren dearly.
Happy Mother’s Day to the aunts and great-aunts who wonder when their families will be able to visit again and who email encouragement and updates instead.
Happy Mother’s Day to the aunties, familial and in friendship. Who listen to the stories about the little ones they know they may not see until they’ve gone from baby to kiddo. Whose presence helps the moms to keep on going.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms with grown children, either back at home, or out on their own. Who worry about their health and safety and hope they’re remembering what you taught them and taking every precaution possible.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms whose child’s high school graduation will be virtual this year, after all the love and hard work you’ve put into raising them. Who try to be strong and comfort them while inside grieving for your own loss of this special event.
Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who are not moms, but who want to be. This day might bring up some feelings for you.
To those of you who don't want to be moms. There are lots of ways to be in this world.
Happy Mother's Day to the stay-at-home moms and the working moms and the part-timers too.
Happy Mother’s Day to the pregnant women who don’t know if their partners will be in the delivery room with them, who found out the gender of their baby all alone. Whose parents may not meet their baby for quite some time.
To the partners who support the moms and agree to leave nary a carrot on the counter, despite the poorly timed request. To the partners who failed to realize that in order to get a gift for this special day without leaving the house, they would have to think ahead. A hand-made card is better than nothing.
To the single moms and their support networks, who know that family comes in all kinds of packages.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms who scrub in and out of the NICU each day, now with an even more heightened sense of urgency to wash their hands using the foot petal and burning soap.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms who have lost pregnancies or children. And to those of you whose mothers are no longer with us.
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms of multiple children who are getting along great some minutes and throwing toys at each other the next. To the moms of one child who are worried about socialization. To the moms fighting with their teenager over screen time.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone. You are all doing great, doing the best you can. And while you may not get brunch at your favorite restaurant or even get to see your loved ones today, I hope you take some time to celebrate the women you admire and love in the world.
Happy Quarantined Mother’s Day.