Happy Mother’s Day
Every year on the second Sunday in May we celebrate mothers around the world. This Sunday, the celebration will be more special than ever before. For some, it may be the first time you have been able to see your mother in a long while.
Various stay at home orders around our country have prohibited large gatherings and recommended grandparents take extra precautions.
As these orders get lifted, some of us will be able to reunite with our moms sooner rather than later.
For those who can’t be with their mother’s I hope you will be able to connect through Zoom, FaceTime or another format and I know you will be desperately wishing you could share a hug.
Sadly, for some, this may be the first Mother’s Day without your mom, and your heart is grieving. I can only hope and pray that if your mother has already passed on you have many wonderful memories to draw from.
Each year I want to acknowledge the mothers who have lost a child. The bond between a mother and child is one of the strongest I’ve ever experienced. Facing a Mother’s Day without your child is heartbreaking and unfathomable. You are a true warrior. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Message is the same, delivery may be different
While our circumstances vary, nothing will stop us from letting our moms know how much we love them. Whether it’s in person, over the phone or internet, or written in a note that we wish we could give to our moms who have passed, we can all proclaim:
I Love You Mom!
I appreciate all you have done for me throughout my life!
I am a better person because of you!
Thank you, Mom, for everything!
I wanted nothing more than to have kids and create a family as I was growing up. My own mother made it look so easy. Without a doubt we knew she loved all her kids and we knew she always would. No one went to bat for us or stood by our sides like our mom!
I’m so grateful I had my mother by my side to teach me and prepare me for my greatest role in life: motherhood.
By showering me with unconditional love, my mother taught me how to love my children unconditionally.
By showing compassion when I was sad or hurt, I learned how to be compassionate to others.
In giving she taught me how to give. And there were many times I know she sacrificed or did without so she could give more to her children.
She has been and always will be the biggest advocate for any of her children. She will sing our praises loudly and try to shield us from pain- no matter how old we are!
Motherhood during COVID-19
Motherhood is trying and exhausting under the best of circumstances. But when COVID-19 hit and closed businesses, schools, health clubs, etc., the tower of hats a mom wears grew larger. School closings turned mothers (and fathers) into teachers and guidance counselors. Having the whole family home all day meant more meals to make, more dishes to clean and lots of laundry.
On top of this, many moms are working remotely from home while trying to juggle the increased demands of the family.
Motherhood has its ups and downs when everything is going well. But what happens when your world is turned upside down? It can turn motherhood into a chore.
I’ve had my world turned upside down once before when my husband, Larry, died.
I had no clue how I was going to move forward. Thankfully, I had the gifts I learned from my mother. These gifts never go away, but sometimes they get tucked away until they are needed once more.
That time is now.
I know the best I can do for my kids right now is to love them, unconditionally, even when I want to pull my hair out because we are starting to get on each other’s nerves! I have reminded myself to be a little more compassionate towards my kids because I know that life changed dramatically for them as well. By giving an ear to listen, a hearty meal (which seem endless) to keep the energy levels up and just simply being available to my kids I hope I’ve provided a sense of security that I always had growing up.
This year moms around the globe have risen to meet the challenges presented during these unusual times. And for that, I say to all the moms out there, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!
Stand tall, be proud, MOM, you deserve praise!
I won’t do it often, but this year I will pat myself on the back and say, “You did it! You made it through a quarantine and the family is stronger for it.”
And I encourage all you moms to do the same. Pat yourselves on the back, be proud you are MOM, you deserve it!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish my mother and ALL the moms out there a VERY Happy Mother’s Day.