Mom, I Love You: Notes for Mother’s Day and Everyday

By Billie •  Updated: 05/05/20 •  6 min read

If you do nothing else for your mom all year, for the love of all things good and pure in this world, please acknowledge your mother (or person who raised you) at least once a year.

Ideally, whenever you feel moved to appreciate your mother for the gift of life or her (mostly) unwavering love, is a great time as any to do so; and if you forget (!), there’s always Mother’s Day to try to make it up to her.

Handwritten in a card with flowers, or accompanied by a thoughtful gift card for her favorite activity, these notes mean more to a mother than lavish gifts ever could. Make every day Mother’s Day with these thoughtful messages:

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm

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When is Mother’s Day Throughout the World?

At the heart of the traditions around Mother’s Day are themes of honoring mothers, compassion, peace, reconciliation, and social action. (1)

Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated (officially and unofficially) in dozens of countries, although on different dates. In the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Belgium, and Japan it is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

In Great Britain, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. But Mother’s Day is now observed in England as it is in North America, and the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday have been largely forgotten.

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on May 10. When the holiday falls on a weekday, mothers take the day off from work and children stay home from school. Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 include Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

In Spain and Portugal, Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 8, which is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mothers are honored along with the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Other dates for Mother’s Day celebrations: Norway – second Sunday in February; France – last Sunday in May; Sweden – last Sunday in May; South Africa – first Sunday in May.

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I like to climb mountains, read Nietzsche, and explore the West Coast. I have a BA from York University (2003) in Toronto, Canada, and yet on this site I sometimes spell like an American (know your audience). Thank you. Thank you very much.

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