Mother’s Day is a specially reserved day to honor and appreciate the work it takes to raise children. From the change of thought process, sacrifices and understanding that most mothers do to give us good lives, is the fiber to every person’s ability to contribute meaningfully to society.

Former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama shared a touching message on the role that her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, played in nurturing and teaching her how to keep the light within, glowing.

She penned a heartwarming message on her Instagram page:

Growing up, every time I’d come home from school with a story to share, my mother was there with a snack and a listening ear to hear about what was on my mind. When I came home with a tale about my disastrous second-grade classroom, she marched into the school to figure out what was going on. And as I grew older, including up through my years as First Lady, she was always there for me as a guiding light through whatever fog was clouding my path. She’s always listened more than she lectured; observed more than she demonstrated. In doing so, she allowed me to think for myself and develop my own voice.

From an early age, she saw that I had a flame inside me, and she never tempered it. She made sure that I could keep it lit. Mom, thank you for kindling that fire within me, and for your example as a mother and a grandmother to our girls. We would never be who we are today without you. #HappyMothersDay, Mom. Love you. ❤️’

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