This one is to all the mothers out there. The ones who carried us in their wombs, and the ones who didn’t but love us like they did. The ones who wiped our tears, and the ones who cleaned our scrapes and bruises. The ones who cheered us on from the sidelines, and the ones who led the carpool to soccer practice. The ones who disciplined us in love, and the ones who pushed us to be our best. I see you, moms, shopping in our store. We see your love for us even in that simple task. The way you cajole your teary child in the fitting room, or the way you hold your little one’s hand as you wander around the store. I hear your love when you call over to the toy area to check in on your child, who plays happily while you shop. Your love for your children is tangible, even in those small ways.
James Joyce rather bluntly says, “whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” I would have to say that I wholeheartedly agree. Our world is messy and painful. But a mother’s love is safe and pure, saturated with care. You’re like a lioness that cares for its cubs, filled with tender power. It takes a powerful woman to raise a child. We know this, because we have seen you raise us. I have seen step-mothers care for their step-children as if they were their own. I have seen my own mother raise four children by herself. I have felt the safe and comforting mother-hugs of my friend’s moms, when they embrace me even though I am not theirs. No one messes with a lioness, and no one messes with a mother.
My hope is that today you will know how loved you are by us, your children. Maybe this Mother’s Day you feel tired and worn out. Maybe you’re one painful step on an errant piece of Lego away from having a mental breakdown. No matter where you are today, I hope you know that you are doing a great job as a mom and that we are grateful for you. You sacrifice for us again and again and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Words cannot express all of the love you deserve, so hopefully this will suffice: Thank you.
Written by Alexandra, Store Manager, Hunnis Coquitlam
Photos by Miranda Anderson