This day I am thankful for so many women who have “mothered” me along my paths. My mother, Anne Geddie Nunnally, left us over seven years ago, but she touched many young people’s lives as the counselor at the high school and a Sunday school teacher for over forty years. Mothering has so much more to do with choosing to love the hearts that are before you than whether or not you birthed that year. Many people have birthed in me ideas, skills, and teachings simply because they chose to engage, empower and enlarge my thinking. Mother’s Day is such a difficult day for many, brokenness, sorrow, estrangement and distance often make the day more difficult. Can’t we today take the time to reach out to those we love and are thankful for and let them know they mattered? Aunts, friends, childhood neighbors, teachers, elders as well as our mothers and let them know through texts, calls, emails, notes, Skype, YouTube or a simple visit …that they matter to us!