Message from the CEO: Mother's Day
When it comes to Mother’s Day, I’m old school and still buy Mother’s Day cards for my mom, for my mother-in-law and for my wife. It turns out I’m not the only one who does this.
Have you taken a look at the array of cards you can buy? There are cards for Mother and Mom and Mommy. Cards for single moms, adoptive moms, and “for someone who is like a mother to me.” Cards for caregivers, foster moms, custodial grandmothers, new moms and mothers of twins. Cards from the baby to mom, first-time grandmothers, expectant mothers — and even cards from beloved pets to mom.
There are stepmom cards and mom-to-mom cards. There are cards that celebrate the new relationship between a mother and daughter once the daughter herself becomes a mother. There are cards for wives, nanas, aunts, den-mothers, mothers-in-law, godmothers, great-grandmas, and sisters-in-law.
And who could be more deserving of all this attention than our Mothers?
Hers is the first face we learn to recognize and respond to. Hers is the voice that reassures us. Hers is the touch that says home and security. Often the first word we learn to say is her name, and with that utterance we express our first recognition of the immensely important role she plays for us.
All those cards are just another way to say it again. To reassert our understanding of how things work, of how we understand the world. To restate our convictions about family, especially the Mama, the Mommy, the Mere, Mutter, Ammee, Madre, Anya, Induk, Moeder, Mae, Nana, Maji — the Mother.
If you are one of those people who have made a mother’s difference in the life of someone who truly needed you — this day is for you. Just think of the difference you have made in somebody’s world — beginning with the gift of life itself. You give us so many reasons to be thankful. Happy Mother’s Day!
About The Author
Bill Robertson has served as MultiCare's President and CEO since May 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare, Inc., based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas. More stories by this author