“Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’”
—Edgar Allen Poe
A woman’s femininity is most often measured by her role as a mother. If not already one, then she is expected to be one in the future. Such belief systems are often woven deep into the very fabric of society. The love between a mother and her child is one amongst the greatest and purest in the world. It is most rightly so, as motherhood is one of the greatest and sweetest joys of womanhood. She is the foundation on which her family stands, the shelter where her children grow and a rock for her partner to lean on. A mother shapes not just her children, but also the family and in effect the entire society. She bears pain and trouble not just for the nine months of gestation, but for the entirety of her life. Her sacrifices are all labours of love and borne out of her self-sacrifice. For the sake of her child, she is first a mother, then a wife/partner, sister, daughter, friend, and at the very least an individual. The emotional foundation that is laid by her is the one that is set for life.
Motherhood isn’t a momentary task, it is one that is held at all times — she might be tired, worn out, and stressed, but will never fail to smile for the sake of her little ones. However, the role that all women are expected to effortlessly don isn’t really a cakewalk! It comes with its own set of challenges — along with raising children, many are working women or full time stay at home mothers. The significance of motherhood is often marred by it being considered the so-called ‘duty’ of a woman. Most of the time the importance of mothers is side-lined and they, therefore, fade into their thankless identity. People as individuals often conveniently forget the value that their mothers hold in our lives and undermine their role in shaping us as adults.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days all over the world, but International Women’s Day is a special holiday dedicated to the amazing women that we call mothers and is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Started by Anna Jarvis in the year 1908 as a tribute to her mother, this day has now become a widely celebrated and much rejoiced one. Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries to honor the sacred role of motherhood, the bond between a mother and her children, and the influence that they have humanity. Children usually give their mothers/mother-like figures with cards, chocolates and gifts as a small gesture of ardent gratefulness on this day.
While one day isn’t enough to celebrate and revere mothers, it is still a good way to make her feel special and loved.