I want to share a great analogy that a student suggested today.
I had asked groups to explain why "mother" was at the top of the list of favorite words, and this student said that words can be like appearances. Someone might look unremarkable at first, but if you find out they have a really great personality, they start to become lovely. She said it's the same with words: "mother" doesn't look like much, but when you get to know what's behind it, it's really quite wonderful.
Thanks to all the great moms!