So, it’s Mother’s Day…and the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. This seems so appropriate, given the overwhelming majority of teachers play the role of surrogate mom about 180 days per year.
They nurture, support, encourage, provide boundaries, model, listen, and teach. Of course, these aren’t their only jobs, but if you just look at the traits, it is hard to distinguish whether you are describing teachers or moms. I believe this is by design. Little and big kids alike need different moms to guide them on their journey towards healthy independent adulthood.
Given the current state of the world in which we live, we are fortunate to have our mother figures to help us navigate through the crazy. My mom gave me continual security, assuring me even in times of my own internal chaos, all will be well. My teachers, Pam Gabriel, BJ Zamora and Dorothy Byrd Gwin, gave me hope and helped me feel gifted, even when I felt really disabled. My mother-in-law, Janet Scales, gives me unquestioning faith and acceptance. And of course, the mother of my boys helps me understand truly unconditional, exponential love, which I have never doubted in 23 years of marriage.
Thank your teachers. Thank your moms. You wouldn’t be the person you are today without them.