When the entire planet is honoring our Mother’s this week, there are many folks who hate Mother’s Day. Ok, hate may be too strong of a word – but have patience and follow me here and keep reading, and you will see what I mean. For the record, I enjoy Mother’s Day. This message is for those who do not.
When my Mother was 25 years-old, with a new diagnosis of Addison’s Disease, and a new baby (me), her Mother passed away. To this day, she is not overly fond of Mother’s Day, despite having a child, because she misses hers, and missed out on all of those years with her Mother.
When I became a Stepmother, I came into a home full of love and acceptance, but it’s also an awkward place to be on Mother’s Day.
I started to understand… and opened my eyes to everyone else around me….
To those who have lost a Mother, you will miss her that much more on Mother’s Day while everyone else is celebrating.
To those who have lost a child, there are no words to describe your pain.
To those who have miscarried, or have not been able to get pregnant, despite wanting nothing more in the world than to be a Mother.
To those who had an absent or abusive Mother growing up, you know that motherhood isn’t always like a Hallmark card.
To those who have a Mother still living, but through Alzeimer’s or another terminal illness, have already “lost” her.
To the adoptive Mothers, the Stepmothers, the Aunts, the Grandmother’s, and all of the other surrogate Mothers who are raising or helping to raise a child who is not biologically theirs.
Do something special for yourself today because you deserve it.
If you have a loved one who falls into one of the above categories – let her know that you are thinking about her.
This is a very unconventional way to honor my Mother today, but she was the one who taught me fortitude, and also taught me to show kindness to others. This is my way of honoring her, and honoring those who feel left out or sad this Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to my Mother, and happy day to anyone who is reading this who could use a smile today.
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