Most women I know have many feelings about Mother's Day, some sweet, some sad, some happy, some bitter, the whole gamut of feelings I think. Lot's of reasons for that I'm sure, not the least of which is the 'traditional' view of what makes a mother.
In my book, while conceiving, gestating, and giving birth certainly creates many mothers, it isn't the defining factor in being a mother. It's hard to say what I feel clearly and simply, but I think it's mostly about how you take care of and care for others that truly makes a mother who makes a difference. That makes many women who haven't given birth mothers and I've been blessed to have many of them in my life.
First and foremost, of course, is my own dear Momma. Odetta Garder West.