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Celebrating that most essential job of all

A letter writer earlier this week on this page heralded motherhood as perhaps the most essential job of all. In this weird spring of the coronavirus pandemic, that’s something to think about. And celebrate.

We’ve all got one somewhere, and they are either doing or have done great work. Whether they are with us in person, living right down the street or in the apartment downstairs; in spirit, calling to check up on us from the other side of the state or country; or in memory, perhaps smiling down on us from a well-deserved peaceful afterlife — we all have a mother.

Mothers come in many shapes and sizes, often wear many hats and go by many names. Some of these beloved moms have sacrificed much, cutting a career path short to stay home and raise their family. These are loving and devoted women, and their hard work day in and day out isn’t always acknowledged.

Then there are stepmoms, adoptive moms, foster moms and other dearly loved legal guardians who stepped into their mom shoes by less traditional means.

Moms are all around us, striving to raise more decent human beings in this world, generally without receiving much due credit or appreciation. So let’s especially acknowledge and laud all of these women.

Make plans to spend this Sunday with your mother, if social distancing, geography and her health and yours so allow. If she has already passed on, set aside some time to remember happy times shared together or lasting words of advice and encouragement she gave you. Then, honor her memory by thanking another mom you know, be it your wife, aunt or other female relative or friend who’s put in the time helping to bring up a child or two — or seven.

Especially if your mom’s not right here in the area, make sure you’ve already sent her a card with a message from the heart, with or without a gift attached. Even a simple phone call (come on, don’t make it just a text or an email) to let her know you’re thinking of her on her special day can go a long way to brightening up her weekend.

In that spirit, Historic Sotterley will present a Mother’s Day “drive-thru” farmers market this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport in Hollywood. There will be a variety of items for sale, including oysters, beef, cut flowers, honey, beer, kettle corn, eggs, chocolates, baked goods, pickles, soaps, bagged coffee and more. Food trucks from Chief’s and Blue Wind will also be participating. To ensure visitors come away with exactly what they want, contact vendors in advance to place pre-orders from Sotterley’s website at

All of these ideas and more are excellent ways to honor or pay tribute to our mothers. But for those who plan to take the route of wining and dining their family matriarchs this weekend with curbside take-out or delivery food from her favorite eatery, don’t let the gifts steal too much of the spotlight.

And certainly, it’s a huge booster day for the nation’s economy and, we hope, for our local small business owners as well during this time of crisis.

So by all means, shower your mom with gifts and treats as best you can this Sunday. But don’t forget to take the time to really talk with her and spend time with her, and show her your appreciation is genuine, and from the heart. Even if your family has to pay tribute in shifts to keep it legal, do it.