So, the 26 of March which marks Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday as is called by some, was celebrated by many who flooded social media with touching Images of their mothers and all maternity figures such as a grandmother, stepmother, and mother-in-law. Truly, whatever is unsure in this world of chaos, a mothers Love is certainly not.
If you haven’t been able to connect the dots, Mother’s Day is a Christian celebration which is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April.
As we all know, on 8 March, many countries around the world celebrate “International Women’s Day” and this got a friend of mine confused because it is believed that Women’s Day and Mother’s Day are all derived from similar circumstances.
What really is the difference between International women’s day and Mothers Day, the difference between a woman and a mother?
Simply put, Woman is generic name accorded to a female adult which make it just a word to define gender, Mother is more than gender, It is a title.
One could then define a mother to be a person who gives life to a child, but then what do we call a person who gives life to a child and dumps it in a bush? or a woman who maltreats a child just because he/she doesn’t come from her own womb? A mother?
A wise man said, “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
Mother is the person who gives her life to the raising of a child. A person who willingly accepts the Burdens, Responsibilities, heart breaks, and Joys of raising a child.
The emphasis laid on ‘of a child’ not ‘of her child reminds me of an Igbo adage which says “Nwa bu nke ora, otu onye a night azu Nwa” which means a child is for everyone, the raising of a child is not meant for one person, one mother.
As for all child born of a woman, the bible made it really easy for us to grasp when it said “To the woman he said, I will surely multiply your pain in childbirth: in pain, you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you,” (Genesis 3:16) proof of a mother’s natural willingness to accept the burdens and responsibilities of raising a child.
Therefore, take heed to Proverbs 23:22 which says “Listen to your father who gave you life and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
A call to celebrate motherhood not just on Mother’s Day but every day…