A Mother’s day note to a different type of “mom”

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Mother: verb | moth·er : to be or act as mother to (someone) : to care for or protect (someone) like a mother

Happy Mother’s Day! Today is a day to honor and shower with MORE love our Mom’s (because really, every day is Mother’s Day). Those that cared for us, birthed us, encouraged us, selfishly gave their time and have done WAY more than we could ever imagine.

I want to, take a moment to acknowledge a different type of “mom”, one who gives her time, energy and love to children not her own. There are many women out there that selfishly give their time and energy to “mother” the kids around them. They spend hours investing, encouraging and believing in the children. I am talking about mentors, teachers, youth workers, nannies, foster parents, women that take in family members kids or kids off the streets, etc.

I was reminded today that I am a “mother”. It’s hard to think that, as I am single and not even close to having my own biological children. Sometimes on Mother’s Day, my heart does ache a little, wondering when God will bring me a husband so that we can start a family together. I have a mother’s heart and tend to many youth’s hearts in the city that I live in. I sometimes refer to them as “my kids” and people look at me and say “You have kids?!”, to I reply, yes …about 200 of them. 😉  My sister also mentors and disciples youth, one of my good friends mentors her students and loves on them and I have a friend who took in a kid who was her friend’s.   All of us, are at some level, a mom. 
Today I want to honor us that are single and not biological mothers. You are a MOTHER to someone one. There is a kid out there that looks up to you and knows that you care for them deeply.  You care and protect like a mother. Thank You, Thank You to all women who have selfishly spent their time on children not their own. Today is a day for you too. It really does take a whole village to raise a child.

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