It's hard to describe yourself as a mother. Right now, my kids are so young they still say things like "good cooker and best hugger". Not that those aren't top-of-the-line compliments, but they don't get to the heart of it.
The description I strive for would be an amalgamation of all those moms who raised me-the mothers of friends and friends of my mother.
On good days, my aim is to be generous like Betty, efficient like Karla, talented like Denise, warm like Jean, funny like Anne. Mostly though, I hope most days to recreate the motherly strength and depth of soul like that of my own mom.