FEW people will fail to honor their mothers in some way this weekend.
The occasion has a relatively short history, in terms of holidays. In fact, a woman from Grafton is credited with its founding in honor of her own mother in 1905.
It was an idea that caught on in a big way. And why is that?
Mothers are the anchors of many families, which in turn are the foundational units intrinsic to a successful society.
Perhaps some folks will honor their moms on Sunday out of a sense of obligation. For most it will be an expression of love.
Love, especially that of a parent for a child, may be the strongest force in nature. No mom is perfect, but most do their utmost to care for their offspring and give them the best possible start in life.
The result is productive human beings who mature, find mates and develop their own loving families.
Things do not always fall neatly into place.
The traditional family works, and I don't mean to undermine its importance. It is the building block on which the rest of a functional society rests.
But sometimes people don't fit into traditional roles, and the question becomes: Can other models work?
President Obama weighed in on that topic this week, and while I may disagree with him on many other subjects, I can't do so on this one.
He spoke of same-sex couples he knew personally - loving parents who are doing their best to raise their children just as he and his wife are.
Big change like societal recognition of those relationships can seem hard to deal with on the public policy level. Leaders worry about the rippling consequences, which are difficult to measure or even predict.
But when considered from a personal point of view - as the president expressed this week - it seems much simpler.