You read that right - no Mother's Day for me!
But before you extend sympathy, read on...
I receive no Mother's Day treats or gifts because I am not a mother. I've been a foster parent, and we jokingly refer to our cats as our parent's "grandkitties," but we have no children of our own.
Being a mother is hard work. It's an incredible commitment and sacrifice. Having a child consumes your entire life for many years. It adds new stress and worry as you strive to provide the best for your kids and be a good example. I admire all of the people who so willingly give of themselves in this manner.
So while there is not Mother's Day for me, I salute those who took on the challenge and slipped into the role of mother. You have helped raise a nation, and entire world of people. Without you, none of us would be here! You've given of yourself out of love and so rarely receive appropriate appreciation. And just like the mother in "A Christmas Story," you probably haven't eaten a warm meal in years!
So thank you for all the sacrifices and never ending love. Hugs to all the moms out there - Happy Mother's Day!!!