A mother's love is not biological.
There are numerous cases out there of people whose mother birthed them, and really, her involvement should have stopped there. On the flipside though, there are also those women that, which they didn't bring the child into the world, offered them the unconditional love that is in their hearts.
I have no doubt that my mother loves me. Unfortunately, she was undiagnosed bi-polar for decades, and had a hard time showing her love. To this day, we still can't be in a room together without me getting pissed off or her shutting down. Most of the time, both happens.
Yet I know she does love me. We are just toxic together.
My mother-in-law accepted me, doing everything she could for me, offering me all the love I could ask for. I knew, for what time we had, that she loved me. Even when she had a hard time telling me so. As I am sure you know from my post on April 9th, I feel her loss every day.
I've had teachers that have taken me under their wings, sheltering me, offering all their support and assistance, and not asking for anything in return. In their own ways, they were short-term mothers (and fathers) to me.
I can also see that as I grow older, I am coming to be seen in a "mother's light" by more than just my daughter.
Being a mother isn't always a matter of biology. And I have to say, I am thankful for that. Had it been, I would have missed out on so much love ... support ... and acceptance.
I think on Mother's Day it is just as important to show our love to those surrogate mothers as much as it is for our real mothers.
To all the mothers out there, be it blood or not, I hope you know how much you are appreciated.
Keep up the love ...