The U.K. celebrated its version of Mother’s Day in March. In England and Ireland, the day, called Mothering Sunday, honors not just moms, but all maternal figures. I like this idea very much. It extends the definition of a mom in beautiful ways.
The wider practice of the day encourages us to honor the moms in our lives who have passed away. They may not be with us, but we can humbly appreciate the way their love shaped us and remember that we carry them with us daily. A single dad playing the role of both parents should be celebrated for his maternal side. And the women who lean on one another for uniquely female comfort and strength can gather in gratitude for the motherly forces in their lives.