At The Library

Mother’s Day

  • Carolyn Graham, Guest Author
  • Retired Director, Jake Epp Library

For one day of the year Mothers are celebrated for all they do. Mothers are embraced, receive precious home-made cards from their young children, taken out for lunch or dinner, get flowers, etc.

As a mother, I appreciate all the aforementioned items. I love hugs from my children and grandchildren. I kept all the home-made cards my children made for me for years. I always like being taken out for a meal with the whole clan, even though our clan is really small compared with many others.

Mothering is a vocation. It is a lifelong task. It can even be thought of as a way of life. From the minute you hold your baby in your arms, your life changes forever. While every mother has some moments and days when we feel like running away – just for an hour – we also recognize that being a mom brings, joy, laughter, and a never-ending process of learning. The same can be said of fatherhood, but their turn comes in June.

While we celebrate our moms, many of us also know women who do not have their own children but have used their mothering gifts for nephews and nieces, grandchildren, or fostered children and provided them with the gift of a loving home. These women are deserving of all the celebrations also.

In the light of Mother’s Day I am sharing a few biographies of people who have written about their mothers that might speak to your heart.

  • All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir by Elizabeth Hay
  • Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth
  • Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss by Jann Arden
  • June Mickle: One Woman’s Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada by Kathy Calvert
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
  • Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell