There is no shortage of mothers in the world of comics. Whether it be the mother of a superhero or the superhero mother, moms have been well represented in comics for awhile now. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that all mothers in comics are great mothers, and it most definitely does not mean that these moms are perfect. Far from it. But that’s not the purpose of this article. This is a much more personal article than just taking a look at some motherly representation in comics. This article is a gift to my mother.
My mother, in her own right, is a superhero. She has been through struggles that would make a comic book mom cringe and give up. Yet she has pushed through. She has dedicated her life to giving her children the best life possible. I don’t say that meaning that she has always given us everything we want. I say that meaning that we have always had everything we need, and most of things that we want, and only because she has worked herself ragged to provide at times. She is, without a doubt, the strongest person that I know.
I can vividly remember when she first went to nursing school. She was following her passion in life, helping others. She put in ridiculously long hours studying, sacrificing sleep and fun to graduate. She worked full-time while going to school. The one thing I remember most clearly though is the sheer determination that she had to make it through. There were times where the hard work and long hours bogged her down. There were times that she got tired. But she never gave up. That attitude has defined her for my entire life and its the thing I most admire about my mother. Even now, in recent years, she has gone back to school and now has her RN license. This time around the hours were longer, the work was harder both for school and her job, yet once again there was that sheer determination.
Never once have I doubted my mothers love for me. There has never been a day in my life that I have not heard the words “I Love You” comes from my mothers mouth. It doesn’t matter that I’m a guy, that means the world to me. She doesn’t just say it though, she shows it. Her actions speak her love louder than words ever could, not just for me but all five of her children. Each and everyone one of us could give example after example of ways that she has demonstrated her incredible love for each of us. I like to think that I am a person who cares deeply about others. If I can care half as much as my mom, then I’m doing something right. It’s not just her children that she exercises love towards. She may not realize it, but I’ve watched the way she cares for her patients as a nurse. It says a lot that she puts so much of her heart into these peoples lives. She has worked with the elderly often, and a lot of times with patients who knew that they didn’t have much longer. Most people would grow callous and teach themselves to be unattached. Not my mom though. She’s not capable of that. She gives her everything to caring for these people. If that’s not a superhero then I don’t know what is.
I’m not a big fan of writing sappy Facebook paragraphs. I’m not a big fan of sappy things in general. I’m not the best at buying gifts. What I can do is write this for you, mom. To celebrate you today. To let you know how much I love you and appreciate everything you do for your children. To let you know that all the hard work does not go unnoticed. To let you know that we see the little things you do that make a huge difference. This is for you.