The most recent reporting from the State shows 135,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey; over 5,800 are in Morris County, including 123 cases in Madison.

With all that is going on and not to mention the possibility of a few snowflakes falling tonight, it would be easy to forget that Sunday is Mothers’ Day, but we can’t let that happen!

The role of mothers has evolved over the generations, but that role has truly changed over the past two months. Mothers:

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• You have been, Teachers, helping with homework and now you are overseeing remote learning, keeping children on task;

• You have been, Balancing career and child rearing. Now you are doing it all under the same roof;

• You have been, Enforcers. Before it was making sure we were wearing coats when we went out in the rain, but now it’s telling us to keep our social distance and wear our masks;

• You have been: Meal planners, which now includes improvising tasty meals based on what was left on the supermarket shelves;

• You have been: Healers, with a kiss on a boo-boo or a hug after a rough day. Now you are providing the support needed to get through the uncertainty;

• You have been: Volunteers and leaders in the community, but now it includes collecting food so that no one goes to bed hungry and making masks, so that all are protected;

• You have been: Inspirations for all of us in the past and now!

I lost my mother 45 years ago and she still inspires me today when I think of how she always encouraged me to volunteer even at a young age and seeing how she managed raising eleven children, making each of us feel special. Thank you, Mom!

Yes, this will be a very different Mothers’, but really it is just like any other Mothers’ Day; a time to thank those who have done so much for us. So pull up the menu from your favorite Madison restaurant for a special takeout dinner or gather fresh ingredients from our markets for the perfect home-cooked brunch. It’s Mom’s day, give her the pampering she deserves.

And for the adults who want to give their mother a big hug of thanks, remember just as she would tell you to put on your coat, she is saying, “Save the hug for another day, I know you love me.” Don’t forget to check for updates on Rosenet.org on a regular basis. Thank you for your time, take care of yourself, your loved ones and others through social distancing and personal protection measures.

Happy Mothers’ Day! Be Home, Be well.