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What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

Hantsport resident Jane Kerr with her three children and husband.
Hantsport resident Jane Kerr with her three children and husband.

HANTS COUNTY, N.S. – Today millions of moms are gathering with their families to do something they don’t do often enough – celebrate themselves and everything they sacrifice for their children and loved ones.

We talked to a few local moms about what the day means for them.

Jane Kerr is a mother of three children living in Hantsport, Nova Scotia. Kerr has been expanding her modeling and acting career while her husband is often away with the Royal Canadian Navy.

“I think it's a chance to show our moms appreciation for what can be a thankless job. To let them know how much they mean to us and that we do in fact notice all the little things. As a mom myself it's a day to celebrate these amazing, cool little people I helped create. No one becomes a mother for the cards and flowers, when you are a mom it's all of a sudden not about you anymore, it's about loving this other human and giving them the best life you can.”

Melanie Skelhorn, of Windsor Forks, with her three children.

Melanie Skelhorn lives in Windsor Forks with her three children and is the Cooking School Coordinator at the Atlantic Superstore in Windsor. She also works as a childcare provider for her in-home after school care.

“Mother's Day to me is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to recognize and appreciate how much I have grown as a mother and what I have learned from my children. I have three boys who keep me in constant motion and although I often feel like a referee, I also have those beautiful moments where I can see them growing and developing their self, which makes me feel a pride and love that could never be defined by words. Mother's Day is hugs, I love you's and dandelion bouquets and the kids being kids with mom being referee and I would never want it any other way.”

Shelleena Thornton lives in West Hants and works at the Windsor town office. She has two daughters, one has just finished her first year of university, the other is abroad with the Canadian Forces.

“My mom taught me anything is possible if you work for it; especially overcoming adversity. It can strengthen you or destroy you (it's always one's choice). I hope to have passed that same knowledge on to my girls. Watching them grow through things that may come relatively easy may seem ideal, but watching them grow through their choices in challenging times makes me prouder. Mom is a just a word demonstrated through unconditional love.”

Chrystal Remme lives in Avonport with her four children. She is the communications coordinator for the Municipality of West Hants.

Chrystal Remme with her four children.

“I would say it's a day of reflection and appreciation for not only moms but for all the women in our lives. It's about remembering, and cherishing our roles in shaping our children into these adults who are parts of us from the shape of their noses, smiles and the sound of their laughs to what ends up being their morals and who they become. It's bittersweet for me as they grow. The handpicked bouquet of dandelions replaced with a lilac bush, the soggy cereal replaced with bacon and scrambled eggs. I love them more than they will ever know.”

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