What a gift it is to be a mother! To have the opportunity to create and carry a new life into the world is an honor and a service. Some of us are lucky enough to get to experience being a mother first hand in a traditional mother-child relationship, and some in other less traditional ways. I’ve heard many old-timey stories of strong women in these mountains who took in children who were not theirs by birth and raised them as their own. I see many grandmothers in this community who are the primary caretakers of their grandchildren and many mothers who choose to foster and adopt children who are needing families to care for them. I personally feel like we have many “mothers” who look after Dylan and me through our Floyd Country Store family. So many of them have been sending us cards and messages during this time when we can not get together. We feel incredibly cared for!
This week we want to honor all mothers for their strength, wisdom, selflessness, and courage. We encourage all of you to do the same, whether you have a “traditional” or “nontraditional” kind of mother or several mother figures in your life. Be sure to take a moment to show them your gratitude however you choose. Take good care! We are certainly missing so many of your smiling faces!
~ Heather and Dylan