Mother's Day can be such a beautiful holiday. It's one day out of the entire year we set aside to honor our mothers. We honor not only our mothers, but our grandmothers, aunts, foster mothers, stepmothers, and anyone else that we feel has been like a mother. It's a time to cherish special memories and acknowledge a mother's sacrifices. And, as a mother, it's a time to reflect on our profound, immeasurable love for our children and how blessed we are to have them.
Mother's Day isn't wonderful for everyone. As most of us fill the stores to buy gifts for our mothers, many are quietly crying inside, or avoiding the stores altogether. Maybe one's mother has passed. Maybe one's lost a child. Or, maybe a grown child has a strained relationship with his/her mother and cannot celebrate this day the way they'd like.
As for me, my seven-year old couldn't wait for Mother's Day to arrive. She put her heart and soul into countless gifts. (A picture of just some of my loot is below.) My family spent the day together, enjoying each other's company. I also have two grown step-children who honored me in their own ways. Somehow, words escape me when I attempt to convey the utter joy and heartfelt gratitude of such actions. Honestly, I don't think I could be more blessed.
And while I know my cup runneth over, I also reflected on some wounds today. I wished my grandmother with dementia could recall her children and her grandchildren with ease. I prayed for my recently-passed mother-in-law, hoping she is smiling and at peace. I said a prayer for my in-laws who are experiencing their first Mother's Day without her. I also said a prayer for my miscarried child and briefly pondered what life would be like with two littles in the house.
I can personally attest to the challenge this day may bring for many, in one way or another. Regardless, of where you are on this Mother's Day spectrum, I pray that you have more reasons to be happy than sad. I wish you all peace and love.
Be open to what comes.