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Mother’s Day: Sadly, No Reason to Celebrate

Mother's DayI don’t know about you, but I am always thankful for the day after Mother’s Day, as Mother’s Day is a very difficult one for me. The television ads end. The happy wishes cease. I find the television ads for Mother’s Day gifts difficult to watch, as I have no reason to make a purchase. I cringe when people wish me a happy Mother’s Day, as I have no reason to celebrate, because I have no children. My mother-in-law died in 1985, and my mom died in 2000. So, for my husband and me, Mother’s Day is just like any other day of the year. I’m not asking for anyone’s pity. Rather, this post serves as a reminder that days set aside to celebrate something, aren’t always joyous for all people.

Instead of gaily wrapped packages, a home cooked meal (by me), and time spent with my mom, I now use Mother’s Day to remember my mom, and my mother-in-law. When I attend Mass, on Mother’s Day, I say extra prayers for their souls, offered as a spiritual bouquet. I spend the afternoon quietly remembering the love my mother gave to me. I make dinner, using a recipe learned from my mom.

Make the Most of Mother’s Day

Here’s your take away from reading this post: If you are fortunate enough to still have your mom in your life, then make sure you tell her how much you love her and appreciate all that she did to make your life the best she could. And don’t just tell her; show her your love, and do it often! She won’t be here forever. One day, you, too, might grow weary of Mother’s Day ads and good wishes, like me. Love your mom, now, with all you’ve got, while you can!

Photo: Of my Mom, Virginia Duffy, taken circa, 1940’s!

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5 Responses to Mother’s Day: Sadly, No Reason to Celebrate

  • Ah, we all have our vocations. God bless, if not for Mother’s Day, then just for being a child of God.

  • Great message, Ginny! Mother’s Day is difficult for me, too, Ginny, for many reasons; however, my dear husband always helps to make it better for me, by performing special, loving actions to make me feel appreciated. I thank God for the biological mother I had who passed away twenty four years ago. She gave me so much love and passed on the Faith and helped me become the person I am today. I also thank God for my dear Heavenly Mother, who loves me dearly and helps me love her Son more deeply each day.

  • I once had a young couple in my NFP class who were struggling with infertility. They longed very much for children and came to the class hoping to increase their chances of conceiving. The young woman was very much at peace about it saying that God gave them many opportunities to serve others which they couldn’t do when and if He sent them children. Mothers day is a great day to remember our moms and moms-in-law and grandmoms. Mine are all long gone. But it’s also a great time to think of the opportunities we have to “mother” others in our lives — not just children and grandchildren if we are fortunate enough to have them, but friends, the forgotten in nursing homes, neglected children, etc. Life has many sorrows and what a grace it is to be able to share (and lighten) the burdens of others.

    • Mary Ann: What a beautiful expression of true motherhood! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your approach is something that we, as women, can do every day of the year. Peace – Virginia

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