Mom: A Tribute To Great Women Everywhere on Mother’s Day

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Once a year, we remember our Mom on Mother’s Day, even if they are no longer with us.

So, for all the Mom’s out there, we honor and salute you for the countless ways you tirelessly give life meaning and purpose.

This is an early photo of my Mom.

This is an early photo of my Mom.


 

If you are blessed to still have your Mom, perhaps you’re giving her some chocolates and flowers.

If you’re really creative, perhaps you’ve made your own card to give her.

Last year, when I was still fairly new to blogging, I wrote 11 Ways To Honor Your Mother. If you missed that, I encourage you to read it.

Well, a lot changes in a year. My daughter Laura is getting married later this year and also looks forward to someday being a Mom. I guess when that happens, I’ll be Grandpa Bill. I’m okay with that. Very okay 🙂

On the other hand, Mother’s Day won’t be very happy for Laura, as her grandmother died a couple days ago.  🙁

An Inspiring Mom Story

On a brighter note, I responded to a comment Becky Mansfield made to me on Twitter. I went to her profile and then to her website.

I happily discovered, just before Easter, what she was doing for her children. Here is the gist of my reply to her post:

At any given moment, we are creating memories, but you are creating great Momories.

Oh no, that’s not a typo. Momories is  a word I created [a neologism] about people like you who are looked back on with great fondness because of your creation of quality memories for your children.

Becky, I salute you. I admire every Mom who does this for her children.

In Praise Of Mom’s Everywhere… and those who are going to be

Sure, there are a lot of women out there who aren’t Moms, and some men do some of these things too, but the focus of this post is in praise of Mom’s, and women everywhere who give their all to give their all to ensure their children have a happy, healthy upbringing.

I do realize that some places spell Mom as Mum. Either way…

On any given day, a Mom can be found doing any and all of these things:

  1. bandaging knees
  2. banking
  3. cleaning spills
  4. cooking
  5. counseling, guiding, even cajoling
  6. doctor’s appointments
  7. dusting
  8. giving hugs, kisses, and smiles
  9. groceries
  10. home schooling
  11. loads and loads and loads of laundry
  12. on-call 24/7 taxi service
  13. PTA meetings
  14. school plays
  15. shopping
  16. wiping tears

… and the list goes on and on. Wherever do you find time for yourself?

A funny, but true Mom’s song.

This Mom figured out everything she says in a 24-hour period and condensed it into just under 3 minutes.


 

And here is how one young man honored his Mom:


 

Wasn’t that inspiring? My Mom’s name was Eileen. I got to know her before she passed away 20 years ago, and I also think of such words and feelings.

Like that young man, I was with my Mom at her deathbed. I awoke that morning with a deep sense of knowing that I needed to be with her.

Driving through a snowstorm, blinding in many places, I made it there to be with her.

*** Especially for all the Mom’s out there, and for the acronym buffs, I have created a special BUTLERism for you.

MOM means… Miracle Of Miracles

Think about that a moment Moms. You really are!

No wonder mom is at the beginning of every moment. 🙂 What is any moment without her?

Your Thoughts Matter… Let’s Hear Them!

What is the name of your Mom?

What special thing did your Mom teach you?

What favorite memories do you have of your Mom?

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
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22 thoughts on “Mom: A Tribute To Great Women Everywhere on Mother’s Day

  1. Wonderful salute to tall the mothers in the world…past and present! I think it’s the toughest job on the planet…and the most rewarding too 🙂
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      Thank you. I trust you had a nice Mother’s Day. I agree with you, especially for those raising children by themselves.
      I think that Moms aren’t given the credit they deserve.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  2. Hi Bill

    What a wonderful tribute and you have been so generous in dedicating it to all the moms of the world! Well, thanks! I am a very blessed mom of two daughters and a grandma too, of a lovely little toddler.

    My mom is a pillar of strength for me, as I have always been for her…we have shared the toughest of times together and all the lessons, all the values that she gave me are enshrined in my heart as they came from living, not preaching.

    My conviction is that moms are guided by God Himself…that is why she possesses divine instincts to understand all that lies in the hearts of her children and therefore her influence is eternal and infinite.

    Thanks for sharing fantastic thoughts about mothers! Now read mine!!
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    • Hi Balroop,
      Thank you for the endorsement. You must be proud, and I sure hope you were spoiled. 🙂 I’m glad that you have such a beautiful relationship with your Mom.
      Isn’t it amazing how much you can learn? I agree with your conviction. I also think God divinely appoints a specific person to be your Mom.

      All the best!
      Bill

  3. Hello Mr.Bill
    What a powerful article honoring mothers! For that I thank you. Today I reflect back on the time I had with my “mommy”. I miss her dearly.
    We as mothers are gifts to the world.
    Maybe a women had not given birth to her own children, but there are many all around the world who are life givers.

    Thank you for the inspiring but tearful post!

    Gladyd

    • Hi Gladys,
      You’re very welcome. I hope you enjoyed your special day too. I think, especially on special occasions, that we miss our loved ones more.
      Yes, you Moms definitely are gifts to the world.

      Blessings!

  4. Hi Bill,

    What an incredible tribute to all moms on this special occasion! Like already everybody who commented here have already said, “Thank you for this awesome post!”

    I was much inspired by the video of the young man you shared. It is a great reminder of why we should let people we love and care, know that how much we love them and care for them. We shouldn’t keep that to us and wait for a moment like this to come to appreciate people we want to appreciate (or we appreciate silently).

    Thank you very much and Happy Mother’s Day to You and Colleen!

    Regards,
    Kumar & Snigdha
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    • Hi Kumar,
      Glad you and Snigdha were able to have special time together on Mother’s Day. I also know what a great Mom she is to your boys.
      I think of your recent trip to India. What a great adventure for your sons.

      Yes, indeed. Why wait until it’s too late to express how we feel? Thanks Kumar! We had a nice today together too.

      Best Regards,
      Bill

  5. Hi, Bill,
    Your tribute is so amazing:)
    Your mom was very beautiful with a great smile. I am sorry to hear that you lost your mom. This is a same story for me. Today in the early morning, I took time to remember what my mom did for me and how I did not even pay back for what she did for me. She passed a way in November 2005 when I was ready to go to college. However, her advice kept my journey. She once told me to keep believing God in my life. That touched my heart and my life. I am sure, I will always believe that when she is not available, God is able and available for me.
    Have a great week and happy Mother’s day to Colleen though I do not know her face to face.
    Blessings,
    Charmant

    • Hi Charmant,
      Welcome back! My Mom also passed away in November. I wrote a couple of poems right after she passed. One was called The Masterpiece about how our lives are threaded together into a tapestry. The other was called That Cold November Day, a very pensive poem that describes the feeling of loss.
      Your Mom gave you great advice. Aw, thanks for the sweet blessing. I’ll be sure to pass that along to Colleen.

      Blessings to you and your loved ones too.
      Bill

  6. Hi Bill,

    That is such a lovely tribue – reminded me of my Mom too, whom I lost a few years back 🙂

    Yes, no one can replace a mother, nor can anyone do all that a mom can do, just as you mentioned it all in your lovely post. Mothers are mothers, and they will always be so – no matter what. I just wish I could be a little like my mom, though my family says I am, but I know there’s so much more I still need to do.

    Sorry for being a little late on this post and that’s because my kids pampered me nice and proper, and didn’t let me get online all day yesterday – that was surely their way of giving a gift to me besides the fact that they took over the kitchen and didn’t let me cook either. It’s their sweet gestures that one always remembers, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead, while I go ahead and share this all over, even though a little late – a mother’s love holds no bounds 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena,
      Sounds like you had a really beautiful day. 🙂 Sorry to hear you’ve lost your Mom too.
      In what ways do you wish to be like your Mom?

      I think it’s always the little things we remember, and those little things turn out to grow bigger the more the absence grows.
      Yes, true love has no limits. 🙂

      Have a nice week too! I appreciate you!
      Bill

      • Ah…I wish I was more giving, more generous, kind, and all that she was – the real woman of substance I would say 🙂

        Thanks once again. Have a nice day ahead 🙂
        Harleena Singh recently posted…How To Lead A Good Life And Be HappyMy Profile

        • Hi Harleena,
          A wise man once said it is never too late to become who you can be. Truth be told, we can all be more generous and kind like you Mom. From what I know of you, I don’t think you have much work to do. 🙂
          You’re very welcome! All the best!

  7. Hi Bill,

    Great tribute to Moms and love the way you say: MOM means… Miracle Of Miracles!

    I am so grateful that my mom is still with me. Actually, when we moved a short while ago, we took her along with us. She has a weak heart and it’s time I take care of her as much as she lovingly took care of me.

    She is 83 years old, has spunk and I just want to be able to give her the best lifestyle I can. We have fun with her! We take her out, drive her to her yoga classes and sometimes I’ll let her cook. (not a great one, but hey, we want her to feel good)

    My mom was there for me with unconditional love. I knew that no matter what I ever did, she would love me through and through. And now I have the pleasure to take care of her as she is slowing down. She taught me how important family is and no matter what, I’m there for her.

    I do thank God each day she is with me.

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna,
      Thanks for the kind words. I always like to hear feedback on my BUTLERisms too. I’m glad you’re paying it forward to your Mom.
      I’m sure that with all you do for and with your Mom that she feels appreciated and knows she is loved.

      That’s great! Your Mom has spunk to take Yoga classes at her age. Just shows it’s never too old to participate. Bless you! Bless your Mom!
      I’m so glad you’re able to have quality time together.

      Blessings for a great week ahead!
      Bill

  8. Hello Bill,

    My mother (God bless her every breath) has the adorable name, Mngusuur (a Tiv name which means ‘I am thankful’). Ever since I got to know her (from self consciousness upwards), I have been a bunch of troubles for her (we all are) and she has really shown what a mother’s true love can/should be.

    Though I am married now and have my family, no week passes without my entire family going to see her: that woman is simply the most splendid of her specie!

    In a curious way, she has taught me how to raise a family: be a great husband and an amazing dad. And all these, she simply taught me with her simple actions and everyday numerous acts of a mother’s love and life. Can you imagine?

    As an aside, it great to be called ‘Grandpa Bill’! I fervently look forward to that special time in my own life when my boy will get married and I’ll have the pleasure of seeing a second generation.

    Bill, do have a great day…when Laura says ‘I do’ (and eventually puts forth), remember to inform us, your friends, so that we can address you properly.

    Always,
    Terungwa
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    • Hello Terungwa,
      Your comments reflect deep honor to your Mom, and it is obvious that she yet has enormous influence. You are very fortunate to have been raised so well.
      Through nuance, your Mom taught you how to be. It is an interesting contrast that through nuance and action, my father taught me hundreds of ways how NOT to be.
      Have a great week, my friend! I will certainly apprise you, and everyone, when Laura gets married.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  9. Hi Bill,

    This is the first time I found a post dedicated to mothers. I love this 🙂

    You know, my mother still healthy and I am very thankful about it. I was so scared when my mom was sick, it’s because I really love her very much. I will do my best to make her proud and it was one of my dreams 🙂

    Thanks for this beautiful post, Bill.
    Hoping you have a splendid week ahead.

    Nanda
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    • Hi Nanda,
      Welcome back! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. It is usually times when a love one is sick or loss is imminent that we realize how much they mean to us. My Mom went through a grueling and and agonizing set of chemotherapy treatments.
      You’re very welcome Nanda! Have a great week as well.

      All the best!
      Bill

  10. There is nothing greater than Mother, not even the God! It is said that God cannot be everywhere at the same time so that he created Mother, A visible God who can live with you and take care of you.
    Salute to every Mom out there. Thanks for this nice piece of writing Bill. 🙂

    Happy Mother’s day (belated) to all the Moms.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted…What I have Learnt after 3 Years of Blogging?My Profile

    • Hello Atish.
      I believe God works through people. In this regard, we are all spiritual currency; we live to serve and add value to others. Where would any of us be with a Mom?
      Well, we wouldn’t, would we? Even the memories sustain us years later. Thanks for contributing!

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

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