With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we wanted to find a way to celebrate some of the most incredible women in the world here on Coca-Cola Journey.

We all know what a mother is and yet for some reason it is inexplicably difficult to define what makes them so amazing. Some think of their mom as the world’s greatest cook, with every home-cooked meal forever measured against what sat on the dinner table of their childhood. Others think of their mom as the hardest working person they know; growing up she was somebody who came home from work late and still found the energy to play a game or crack a joke and tuck you into bed. As we get older, many of us are fortunate to consider our mothers as our best friends, the people we confide in most and turn to for advice when life throws us a curve ball.

Instead of trying to force one definition of what makes moms so great, we turned to three    Coca-Cola associates and asked the question, “what makes your mom special?” Here is what we learned.

Luckshmi Rajasingham, Senior Procurement Specialist, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada

She is the embodiment of strength, compassion, humility and has a relentless optimism that shines every day.  She is the glue that keeps my family together. She taught me to never give up on my dreams and that if I try with all my heart, I will succeed. I don’t know how she does it. She takes care of her parents, my dad, my brother, and myself, and still has time for a successful career, running a home, catching up with friends, and making a fantastic dinner, all before 9pm. I am who I am because of all that she is. She is my mom, my friend, my confidant, and more importantly my partner in crime.

Peter Klianis, Performance Manager, Consumer Marketing, Coca-Cola Ltd.

Fiercely passionate about everything.  Tough as nails, soft like putty.  She constantly juxtaposes all parts of her personality depending on the situation.  She leads by both instinct and example and never worries about looking bad as long as she is looking out for her family.  She is both a field general and a shoulder to lean on in bad times.  When you get to know her she is your best friend and always knows which joke will make you laugh. That’s what makes her special.

Chris Whitehead, Public Affairs & Communications Intern, Coca-Cola Ltd.

I want to describe my mom as one of my best friends, but that doesn’t quite seem to fit. I can’t think of many friends that I’d text on a weekend to confirm what can and can’t go in a dryer or one who consistently shows up to visit me with a pie or other baked goodie in tow. She is without a doubt one of the hardest working people I know and is so incredibly caring that I’m able to overlook her horrible taste in TV shows. She is the keeper of our family history and I’m convinced – between my dad and my brother – we’d have all forgotten each other’s birthdays years ago without her. She is everything and I will truly never be able to thank her enough.

Please share what makes your mother special with us here and from all of us at Coca-Cola, Happy Mother’s Day!