Mother’s Day, the day set aside to honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, is fast approaching. This coming Sunday, May 14 to be exact.
Knowing Mother’s Day was so soon, I did a word search on the word Mother and learned some interesting facts.
How many of these adjective examples do you recognize?
mother love – displaying the characteristics of a mother
mother hen – an overly protective person
mother wit – natural intelligence or wit
mother ship – a ship that serves smaller vessels
And these expressions (idioms) using mother?
a face only a mother could love – an unattractive person
at mother’s knee – learning something as a child
everybody/everyone and their mother – a hyperbole referring to a crowd
the mother of all _______ – the best or greatest of a type of thing
swear/swore on mother’s grave – a solemn confirmation that one is telling the truth because of the association with the sanctity of a parent’s gravesite
tied to mother’s apron strings – someone who has not asserted his independence from his mother
The informal variant of Mother is Mom. The Urban Dictionary provides various meanings for its use. Some like soccer mom I’m sure you’ve used.
Of all my research finds, this poem by Chirag Kapoor best sums up the meaning of mother for Mother’s Day. You might want to recite it for your Mom on Sunday.
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey
Today is Mother’s Day. I’m swinging on the porch swing thinking I totally agree with Oprah’s quote. I’ve some motherly women in my life. Sad to say, most of whom are no longer with me and only one I called Mother.
Next there’s her daughter Helen, the one who birthed me:
Apologies to my brother born over a decade after this picture was made. I couldn’t find a picture of all four of us with Mother, which made me sad. (Note to self–take more pictures.)
And last, but never least, my Aunt Bick, the one who always says, “The stork just left you at the wrong house.”
We’ve had some real adventures through the years. I love when you remember and we can relive those moments.
Happy Mothers Day to them all and all of you. Hope everyone is having a fantabulous day.