People can sometimes be prickly, but never Mom, even when she takes the form of a cactus.

She is a source of life, learning, and love. That is the message delivered to mothers around the world Sunday by Google, which celebrated the spirit of motherhood with an animated doodle depicting mom as a cactus. The doodle shows our lovable cactus mom through various stages of motherhood, from pregnancy and nurturing her child to creating a safe and happy planter for her grown cacti.

In six animated images, the doodle series portrays a woman entering motherhood projected through a cactus.

The doodle presents a pregnant cactus giving birth to a baby cactus, bringing it up, taking care, guiding her babies, showering her love and finally living a settled life with grown-up cacti.

Mother’s Day as we know it today was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, Ann, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Through Anna Jarvis’ efforts to have the day officially recognized as a holiday, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation six years later designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day to moms of all shapes, sizes, and textures.

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