I honestly feel that I am who I am because of my mother.  From taking my first steps to having kids of my own.  She always made me feel that I could do anything.

She is a soft place to fall full of unconditional love and hope.  I never felt the risk of failure when trying new things because I knew she believed in me.

How can one day be enough to celebrate the person who fueled your soul, taught you how to dream and reminded you that you always had wings, you just needed to take a chance and fly?

Washington Irving said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

And Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

May we spend time with our mothers today and every chance we get.  May we support those whose mothers are now watching from above.  May we remember our maternal role as we raise kind, independent and hopeful children.  And may we lift up other mothers and remember that each is doing their best, their way, and no one way is the only way.

Pablo Picasso said, “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

We each have a gift, just like Picasso did.  Use your gift and show the world the masterpiece your mother saw the first time she set eyes on you.