Mothers come in all forms and they should be celebrated every day!
Let’s face it, motherhood is not easy. There are parts of it nobody warns you about like the unexpected symptoms and emotions that come during and after pregnancy, the constant worrying about your child’s wellbeing, the “fourth trimester”, and the idea that you aren’t doing enough. We want you to know that you are doing your best, you are doing more than enough, and you are truly loved and appreciated.
This Mother’s Day we wanted to do something special for the mothers in our community to show our gratitude for everything they have done and will do for us. We reached out to members of our Knours Kommunity and asked them to share stories about their relationships with their mothers. From learning meaningful life lessons to creating new traditions in recent years, these women give us a glimpse into what makes these bonds so special to them.
There aren’t enough words to describe how incredible my mother is. Her selfless nature becomes evident with family or friends when she drops anything and everything to help in any way. Her courage to take the road less traveled is a testament to how bold and persistent she is. I’ve known her for 22 years now and I only aspire to be like her when I’m her age: caring, daring, and ready to take on the world.
My mother is one of the strongest people I know. She has always been there to support me and puts everyone’s needs before hers. As someone who had grown up with almost nothing, she has come a long way since then and she can happily say she lives a comfortable life. My mother does everything in her power to make sure my brothers and I are prepared for our futures so we can all live long and prosperous lives. She has taught me many useful life lessons throughout my childhood and the one that has stuck with me the most is that “nothing in life is free and you have to work hard in life to get what you want.” Not everything can be handed to us on a silver platter and my mother made sure that was the case. She made sure I worked for anything and everything I wanted and this has made me very grateful for the little things in life and to not take anything for granted. I am very grateful and proud to call this amazing woman my mother and she has made me the person that I am today.
Growing up, I used to roll my eyes whenever my mom asked to speak to a manager of a restaurant or hotel after an unpleasant or subpar experience. I always said to myself, “Here we go, another complaint.” But, just as perplexing to me was the way she gracefully voiced her concerns, and how she was received with compassion and maintained good rapport with these managers for years to come. She taught me that diplomacy goes a long way in both small and big matters. Whenever I am presented with a negotiation, I think of my mom’s tactful approach, which has opened so many doors and relationships in my life.
I always appreciate the little things my mom does like always buying me fresh flowers whenever I go home or whenever she visits me. I love this tradition because it brightens up my apartment and also reminds me of her.
When I was 11, I had the flu and could not go to school for a whole week. While it was nice not going to school for a week, I missed seeing my friends. My mom decided to order the first few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy from Netflix, which was a DVD service at the time, since I had been talking her ear off about how much my friends love the show. While I was sprawled out on the couch, my mom popped in the first episode and I immediately became so enthralled by all the drama the show had to offer. We sat there the next couple days and made our way through the first season. We eventually caught up and continued watching every episode together through middle school and high school. When I went away to college, she would make sure to record every new episode and we would binge watch the show when I was home for breaks. Now that I'm back in NY, we have gone back to watching every new episode every week together. This has been a tradition for almost 14 years and something we can do together no matter how sad we are or what is going on in the world. I look forward to keeping this tradition with my mom for years to come.
When I thought back on all that my mom has taught me over the years, it was difficult for me to pick one particular moment to spotlight because I realized that a lot of her life lessons have occurred over the years that we’ve had our daily talks. While there is value in the long deep talks that bring about some grand realization, it has been these little things that have left their impression. Sending me a Peanut cartoon meme reminding me that worrying will only stop me from enjoying the good things in life or summarizing a chapter in the Little Prince to remind me of the value and uniqueness of things we nurture as our own. These examples of bits of wisdom borrowed from others are just a few of many times that my mom has reminded me to take a different perspective of the situation I am facing and given me a valuable lesson in the process.
Growing up my mom always told me to treat everyone with kindness, which is a great life lesson to have. She accepts everyone with open arms and inspires me to do the same. I will pass down the same morals to my family in the future.
After I graduated college there was about a month when I was at home before my job started and I moved out. During that month my mom and I would frequently walk to the town center near our house and either get coffee, or cocktails and a cheese board depending on the day. This is one of my favorite memories with my mom, and now whenever I go home we try to make time to take that walk together.
My mom is my real life wonder woman. The older I get, the more I appreciate her and actually get to know her. As a kid, my mom was my mom. She always reminded me to work really (really) hard and never let anyone tell me that I cannot do something. She was always there for me whether I knew I needed it or not - every swim lesson, tennis practice, whatever it was, she was there. Now that I'm older, she is still always there for me, but in different ways. I grew up to find out that she is truly hilarious, sassy, witty, and a total badass - something I really get to enjoy now. I also get to be there for her - she asks me for advice (who knew that day would come!) and we bond over our mutual crushes on Dermot Mulroney and John Krasinski. Mom, I love you, thank you for being you!
My mother and I have grown closer over the years and I am so thankful for this friendship we have formed. I would always look forward to our weekly FaceTimes when I was in college and now that I have graduated we have found a new tradition: watching The Voice together every week. Even if we are not able to watch together we still manage to talk about it and I love hearing her thoughts on the show. She has shared so much love, laughter, compassion, and good advice with me over the years and I hope to share everything she has taught me with my own children.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories and to all the mothers out there for everything you do! You have one of the hardest (but most rewarding) jobs out there and Knours will always be there for you no matter what stage of motherhood you may be in. Happy Mother’s Day to all!