Moms mean the world to their kids, at any age

Sunday we once again will celebrate the women we call Mom.

Moms, it seems, do it all. They can soothe a crying baby and quiet the tantrums of a toddler. They can bandage a scraped knee and cook up just the right comfort food to heal hurt feelings. They are our caretakers, teachers, mentors, cheerleaders, friends and confidants.

Mothers might work inside the home or outside the home or even find a way to do both at the same time when the need arises.

They hold every kind of job, from PTO volunteer to CEO.

Most moms are quick to give advice, whether or not we want to listen. And, as we sometimes discover too late, they often are right.

Some of us are lucky enough to have our moms well into adulthood. We can rely on them for advice on parenting our own kids (and for spoiling those grandkids every now and then!)

Others lose their mothers to illness or accident long before they have the chance to truly know them. Hopefully other women in their lives were able to step in and help fill that void.

Some lament that being a mom (or a dad, but their day isn’t until next month) can be heartbreaking, because if you do it right, you’ll find you’re out of a job.

But as these quotes from grown adults — including one former First Lady — illustrate, we never outgrow our moms.

“When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother.” — Anna Quindlen

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” — Honore de Balzac

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” — Agatha Christie

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” — Erma Bombeck

“I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom’s the only reason I know it’s a real thing.” — Conor Oberst

“A mother’s love liberates.” — Maya Angelou

“A mom is like a teabag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy Mother’s Day!