Sunday, May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day in Canada. To many people, Mother’s Day is a special occasion, and that is no different to me. As someone who was raised by a single mother (along with three younger brothers), I have an even higher appreciation for this holiday. My mom is the most important person in my life, and while it’s important to let her know how valued she is throughout the year, this is a day where I get to make larger gestures. Mother’s Day is also a day where I really reflect on all that I’ve learned from my mom, and it’s a lot.
My mom, as with any single parent, has had to persevere through many difficult times. Money was always tight, and at times non-existent. She’s had to make ends meet by being creative, meticulous, careful, and selfless. She’s managed to stay strong through it all, trying to keep my brothers and I feeling as secure as possible. And, she’s never given up, which is saying something, because I definitely would have multiple times if I had to manage what she has.
She’s taught me not to settle, no matter how much pressure there might be. My mom refuses to settle for a bad situation, whether that be a job, a relationship, or really anything that comes her way.
My mom has taught me how to advocate for what’s important to me. In high school, I was being bullied and belittled by a teacher, and my mom was right behind me the entire time, making sure that I wasn’t being pushed around or treated unfairly. She helped me stand my ground, and gave me the support I needed to be confident despite that setback. She’s also been a major advocate for my youngest brother, who got quite sick in 2016. Doctors weren’t taking his illness seriously, but she fought for her kid, and was always there to make sure someone was taking care of him. There’s even more examples of times where she’s supported us kids that I won’t get into, but to summarize, she’s always taught me that it’s important to fight for what you believe is right.
My mom is the most important person in my life. She’s my best friend, and the person I trust most when I need advice or support. So, there is no day in the year more important than Mother’s Day. I know that my mom loves my brothers and I unconditionally, so I’ll gladly take this day (and every other possible day) to let her know that her love is reciprocated.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there!