DeDe here. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
Merriam-Webster defines mother as “a female parent,” and a parent as “a person who brings up and cares for another.”
So in addition to all those traditional mothers who are raising their own young, we wish to salute some “non-traditional” mothers.
Here’s to the grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, and other relatives who are raising 2.7 million children for parents who could not- or would not- raise their own (source: Denver Post).
Here’s to the women who have opened their hearts and their homes to the 463,000 children who had to be removed from their parents and placed in the foster care system (source: Children Uniting Nations).
And there are some non-human mothers we also wish to salute:
Here’s to the mothers who care for the babies of another, like this dog who cared for two albino Bengal Tiger cubs.
Here’s to the animals who save human lives, such as a valued farm dog who saved an abandoned infant.
And here’s to the mothers who have saved their babies’ lives, such as this elephant mother in this video:
Enjoy your special day, Mom. You deserve it!
And for my own mom, I love you! Happy Mother’s Day! -Jen