BY LAUREN GANTENBEIN
Students are doing homework on the docks, finals are looming above us and every morning starts with hearing birds chirping loudly. Spring has finally arrived and is warmly welcomed by all after a long, cold winter. One of the most important holidays in the spring is Mother’s Day. However, Mother’s Day is not just a Hallmark holiday. The tradition of a day to celebrate mothers goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. In 1907, Anna Jarvis began a national movement to set up a Mother’s Day in honor of her own mother and began to advocate to other people the importance of creating such a holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day. This year, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10. As college students, many times we forget to thank our Moms for many things. This Mother’s Day, remember to thank your Mom for these five things. Send your mom a text or a card, or call her to thank her for everything.
- Unconditional love. Even as you went through those moody and awkward middle-school years, your Mmom still loved you just the same. Moms are always there to love you, even when you are fighting with them about where to go to graduate school or about what to wear for a job interview. Moms love us at our worst and at our best. There is no love that compares to a mother’s love because no one has known us for longer than our mom.
- Being our Biggest Cheerleader. Maybe it was fifth-grade basketball and you didn’t make one basket the whole season, our moms are always there to cheer us on and encourage us. Sometimes, moms are the best people to give us constructive criticism and help us find the skills or hobbies that will benefit us most in life. When it comes to big interviews or tests, moms are the very best people to give pep talks and make us feel like we are on top of the world.
- Moms are always there to listen to all of our issues and problems that happen every day. It feels so good to know that someone is always there to listen to a silly problem that no one else in the world would understand. Moms are ready to listen at any time of the day, to be a constant supporter and to be the shoulder that is always there for us to cry on.
- No one would be here if it weren’t for moms. Moms are the people who brought us to this Earth and allowed us to experience this crazy adventure called life. Next time you complain about life and the stress that comes with it, think of your mom and how much she did just for you to be here. Life is the greatest blessing and we can thank our mom’s for putting us here.
- Being a Teacher. Thanks to our moms for teaching us how to use our manners, how to treat others with respect and how to love. Moms teach us our values and teach us how to be the best people that we can be. Moms are our first and most important teachers.