I 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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