Wait, I hear you say – Not all women are Mothers! Perhaps not in the generally accepted meaning of Motherhood. Oxford Dictionary’s definition: “Look after (someone) kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so”. A Mother is a nurturing woman. It doesn’t really matter if the “child” is born to her biologically, adopted, fostered, or if the “child” is covered in fur. She is a mother, through and through, because she looks after this child kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so.
I have an acquaintance who can not have children. She wants a child desperately and if I could wave my magick wand and make that happen for her, I would have done, long ago. Magick has its virtues but it isn’t always this simple. However, she adores and pampers her kitty and loves unreservedly. I know if she did have a child it would be the luckiest and most loved child ever. This woman is a Mother. I have a friend who never really minded either way if she had children and she never did give birth biologically. Still, she was a stellar step-mother and is a wonderful cat mum. Her care knows no bounds. She is a Mother. I have a friend who has never given birth but for nearly 50 years has fostered children. She has loved every one of them and has kept contact with most. She is a Mother. My parents had a friend who, along with her husband, adopted a baby many years ago…no one save for the couple and my parents knew the child was adopted especially for the wonderful way he was brought up and loved by…. his Mother.
I want to wish all of you a Happy Mothering Sunday today and bless you for being loving, caring, protective, and sometimes being “excessively so” to your children. Whether they are human or furry, birthed by you or another, I don’t think this matters a bit. You are a Mum, you are a nurturer, you are there for someone who needs you, a loving Goddess full of protection and forgiveness and guidance for the small being in your care.
Warmest Blessings upon every one of you.
Did you know?
History of Mothering Sunday
Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.
Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So, each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.
Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)
And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift. ~ bbc.co.uk