ASK DENISE: Mothers deserve much more than a day

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Editor’s note: Writer’s answers do not reflect those of the Mitchell News-Journal and are not meant to replace medical or mental health care.


Dear Readers: With Mother’s Day just behind us, I find myself reflecting on the magic of motherhood. Moms are magical creatures, amazing beings that need to be honored more than one time a year. What other human beings can be strong enough to grow another human inside their bodies for nine months, go through hours of excruciating pain to bring us into the world, and then coo with pure joy when being able to hold us in their arms a few minutes later?  

What other person would torture their bodies and minds with sleep deprivation, to soothe us through our restless nights? Who else would deny themselves basic possessions and comforts to make sure we had what we needed? Who else makes us their priority, worries about us even we become adults and will always love us unconditionally? I can’t think of any other person who would dedicate their life to such unselfish love as this.

I am blessed to have my parents in my life still. Even though they live out of state, we use every opportunity to get together and spend time with one another. My mom is always there for me, every time I need her, she is just a phone call away. She is my best friend, my confidante and my partner in crime. 

I have laughed with her, cried with her, bemoaned the state of the world with her.  We have shared ups-and-downs, medical scares and everyday bumps in the road. Every strength and positive quality I have today is because of her. I grieve for my friends who have lost their parents. I could not imagine not being able to pick up the phone and call my mom to share or ask whatever random thought just popped into my head.  

So, why should we honor moms on Mother’s Day only? They should be given special attention 365 days of the year. They are the backbone of our existence, the givers of life and the keepers of the fire. They are the salt of the earth. Without them, we would cease to exist. So, yes, they deserve more than Mother’s Day. They deserve to be honored every day, with every breath we take.  

I, for one, will always do that. Long live moms and motherhood.

Denise Harrison is a Licensed Counselor in Spruce Pine. Send questions to or call and leave a message at 828-467-0037. Submissions are anonymous.

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