Ask any daughter or son, and the celebration of Mother’s Day stirs different emotions, and all center on love.

Mothers are the first teachers in a child’s life, the security and wisdom when all seems wrong in life. They are fiercely protective and brave, wise and compassionate. They are leaders and set forth good principles to carry us through childhood and beyond.

Always hard at work, mothers take the time to heal, comfort, sing, read and listen. They are rocks within their spirits and gentle, kind and perceptive to human needs.

Rudyard Kipling wrote: “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

Such words of admiration are felt all through life when thinking back about the foundation and strengths inherited from a mother’s love.

Even our nation’s first president, George Washington, gave gracious credit to his mother’s influence for all he accomplished: “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

And perhaps Erich Fromm summed up best what many feel: “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”

With Mother’s Day this weekend, some will be celebrating with their mothers, cherish the time. Others are remembering mothers who are no longer with us, cherish the memories.

And to all moms, Happy Mother’s Day.

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