Mother’s Day is tomorrow and mothers all around the world will be celebrated by those that love them. While my own mother, my mother-in-law, and all the “mothers” that I know, surely deserve the attention, love, pampering and gifts that they will likely receive tomorrow, I also believe that the men that stand next to those women deserve recognition as well.
It is so easy on Mother’s Day to merely celebrate mom and on Father’s Day to only celebrate Dad. However, in happy and healthy families, Mom gets to be the wonderful mother that she is, because of Dad and Dad gets to be the cool dude that he is because of Mom.
When you have a marriage or a relationship that is built on mutual respect and admiration for one another, your significant other’s support enables you to rise to become and remain the amazing person that you are; that your children and the public see.
Me, personally, I want my husband celebrated this Mother’s Day too. It is because of his selflessness and hard work that I am able to be the mother that I always wanted to be. It is because of him that I am afforded the opportunity to stay home with our children and be completely ingrained in their daily lives. This does not happen on its own. I did not become the mother that I am, on my own. And neither did you. Whether you work or stay at home, whether you have one child or multiple — having a magnanimous partner that is so very willing to take a different road, so that you can go down whatever road it is that you desire, safely with your children in tow, as their driver in this life, is truly something to be grateful for.
So when you celebrate tomorrow, take a moment to show some appreciation for the “other halves”, who respect, admire and love those Moms enough to let them shine, not just on Mother’s Day, but on all days.
I love and thank you, Josh Merritt.