All over the world, there are people who never had a mother, have lost a mother, have a mother who lives far away or are searching for their mothers. How is it possible to share the love of Mother’s Day without a mother? Here are some wonderful ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day without your mother being present.
Adopt a mother.
Visit someone who has no child. All across the country in nursing homes are lonely older women who either have no children, have lost their children, or worse, are being ignored by their children. Why not spend the day with one or several of these ladies? Don’t forget the men on Father’s Day, either. Even if you don’t form a life-long bond, you can make a difference in each others’ lives.
Be a mother to those fighting for our freedom.
Why not reach out to a lonely serviceman (or woman) fighting for our country, who has no familial support? Send off a letter with a few encouraging words and thanks. Bake some cookies, like a real mother would. You may not have a mother. That doesn’t mean you can’t be one.
Adopt a child.
Adoption doesn’t happen in one day. Still, you can spend this Mother’s Day week applying to adopt a lonely child. If you’re orphaned yourself, be assured you have at least one thing in common: Neither of you know what it’s like to have a mother in your life right now. It may be too late for you to know the joys of being someone’s child. It’s not too late (for the child you adopt) to feel a mother’s love.
Be the best mother you can be.
If you already have kids, appreciate them. Give them what you never had. Surround them with love. Take them to that nursing home with you. Teach them to be kind and caring to their own children. Now your grandchildren will have loving parents too. You don’t have to have a mother to pay the gift of motherhood forward.
Be a mother to the less fortunate on Mother’s Day.
Bake some cookies. Make a blanket. Volunteer your time, money or used possessions to a local homeless shelter. Do it in the true spirit of motherhood. What could be more motherly than caring for those in need? You don’t have to have a mother present in your daily life to have a happy Mother’s Day. You just have to find the one inside you.