Today, we celebrate Mothers Day! And though we call it Mothers Day, its really a day to honor any woman whos had a positive impact on your life a stepmother, an aunt, a grandmother, a sister.

This year for inspiration I did a search on the Internet for Mothers Day and found a number of websites.

There were many wonderful quotes, poems and stories, but I think my favorite find is this piece, entitled: Was Your Mom Mean?

I know mine was. My sister, brothers and I knew we had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches.

And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too. Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. Youd think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said wed be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds. Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldnt let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.

Because of our mother, we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us ever shoplifted, vandalized anothers property or was arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. Were doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was. I think that is whats wrong with the world today. It just doesnt have enough mean moms.

I laughed when I read this, thinking about all the mean things my mom did and how I now appreciate how she helped me become the person I am today. Celebrate all moms on Mothers Day and every day!