Happy Mother's Day for one and all out there who claim (or who were given) the grand title of "Mother". I can think of far fewer jobs in the known universe that are more important, and I say that as a father, by the way.
Think about it: for most of us...
...our good and our bad
...our noble and our frightening
...our ambitions and our timidity
...have all been shaped in large part by our mothers. No one human being on the planet has that much power over us, overtly or otherwise. It's a good thing that the universe mostly entrusts that power in the right hands. The reward for righteously wielding this power? If they do their jobs really, really well, their children end up leaving them. It's an almost cosmic chunk of irony.
As for me, I'm still in the process of sorting out my own mother's legacy. I'm thinking it might take a while.