"According to Jungian approach of psychology, some highly developed elements of the collective unconscious are called 'archetypes.'
In the unconscious of the male, this archetype finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima." --Wikipedia
Therefore, the mother is a figure of immense primordial power for men. She is an expression of their inner female that is often repressed. That is why boys generally have a closer relationship with their mothers than their fathers. This isn't always the case of course, but it is often accurate.
Carl Jung defines the qualities of the mother archetype as, "Maternal solitude and sympathy; the magic authority of the female; the wisdom and spiritual exaltation that transcend reason; any helpful instinct or impulse; all that is benign, all that cherishes and sustains, that fosters growth and fertility. The place of magic transformation and rebirth. . .are presided over by the mother."
This last sentence is a powerful one, "The place of magic transformation and rebirth. . .are presided over by the mother."
Psychology Today states, "Mothers are the emotional backbones of the family. They provide the holding place for everyone’s feelings and do their best to keep us from being hurt."
"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
So today, and everyday, honor your mother and be grateful for the life she has given you.