[Dedicated to my own mother, long deceased, on this, the Nineteenth of November, the day of her birth into this world.]
Blessed are the sustainers of life, the diligent ones whose direct care reflects the health of the family. Blessed are those whose hands ache from pulling garden weeds; from planting and harvesting the goods of the Earth.
Blessed are those who care gently for the fair folk, leaving valuables in exchange for the riches provided. Blessed are they whose sacred spaces flow with the magic of the unseen.
Blessed are the caregivers, preparing meals over long hours, standing and chopping and stirring. Blessed are the ones whose work is rewarded in the fullness of bellies, and quiet contentment.
Blessed are those who tend the warmth of the familial hearth; those whose love and commitment are like the arms of the Gods Themselves, cradling all within the grace of prosperity.
Blessed are the housekeepers, whose skill in the art of cleanliness does stave off illness and depression. Blessed are the patient ones, who with compassion, nurse the unwell back into gloried health.
Blessed are those who plan for all manner of circumstance, from births to deaths, and the many paths in-between. Blessed are the event planners and chauffeurs, whose work entails long hours and is never complete.
Blessed are the disciplinarians, whose words, though heavy, are weighed down only by the abundance of love they hold. Blessed are the kindhearted ones, never failing to teach the hardest lessons.
Blessed are those who recognize the awful responsibility of the home; those who are well tuned to the trials and exasperations, yet also to the joys and triumphs. Blessed are the weavers of familial cohesion.
Blessed are the willing ones, whose commitment to the path of parenting can never be outdone. Blessed are the mothers and the fathers, for they are the driving force of success, and the arms within which the family rests.
Hail to the mothers, to the fathers, and to caregivers of all kinds. May the Gods keep and bless you throughout all the days of your lives.