I love mother's day.
I was not the most girly-girl growing up. I was really a tomboy and I liked to hang with the guys.
It is through being a mother that I have learned about being a woman. To celebrate the more female qualities within me. To learn to be selfless. To learn to serve and to love unconditionally.
As I lay in bed this morning waiting for the kids to bring me breakfast in bed, I had time to think about mother's day and what it really means to me.
I thought about my cousin who had a baby born still two days ago.
I thought of another cousin who has not had children of her own, but is raising her sister's kids for her and doing an awesome job.
I thought of my friend who has not yet married but has mothered hundreds of young women.
I thought of my friend who worried she would never get the chance to be a mother and is now raising 4 beautiful children.
I thought of another cousin who is waiting for someone to choose her to be a mother.
And I especially thought of my own mother.
I think mother's day is really a day to celebrate womanhood.
I believe that all women have this divine gift to nurture, to love and to teach. And every woman has a choice to share this gift with others, no matter what her situation.
But it is not always easy.
It did not feel like a divine gift as I was cleaning the "garf" off the floor of the kitchen and myself; and washing sheets that were "wet".
Sometimes it's just plain hard.
But it is still a gift to share.
I love being a mother.
And I love being a woman.
And on this day I am thankful for all the women in my life who have taught me by example what these titles really mean.