On this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d write about the word – ‘Mom’ and what it means.
The dictionary defines the word simply as:
Noun 1. mom – informal term for a mother – a woman who has given birth to a child.
I am called ‘mom’ or ‘mommy’ by at least one child at least once a day. Often by more than one more than once. Clearly I am neither a mother, woman, nor given have I given birth to a child. So why do they call me ‘mom’?
Invariably when it happens, the offending sprout turns bright red and says ‘oops’ – on the off occasion they don’t, I usually just say, “I’m not your mother! But thanks for thinking so highly of me.”
And that’s the real issue. In no way do I resemble their (or anyones) mother, but in my role, hands are held, hugs are given, bandages are applied, tears are wiped, and laughs are shared. So mom or not, when a child calls me ‘mom’ I take the word seriously.