Mother’s Day….the Day of Mixed Emotions
Today our family will be doing the same thing that many families will do. My children are all in town and we will be spending the day together and being very thankful for all the blessings we have. I’m thinking there might also be some special treats bestowed upon me 🙂 Like many other women, my first thoughts upon waking was how incredibly thankful I am to have such a wonderful family who makes this day so special for me. My next thought was one of those kind of emotions I have that I am almost afraid to acknowledge. I moved very quickly to the overwhelming gratitude I feel to be here today with my family. There were times that I did not want to look into any crystal balls to see the future. The reality was that there was very little chance that I would see many more Mother’s Days on this earth. It’s truly impossible to express how humbled I feel to still be here and the joy of yet another precious gift of a year.
Although I will cherish physically and emotionally being with my family, my thoughts and prayers will be with the many children I know that have lost their mothers to cancer. I have learned to not question why I am here and their mothers are not. In fact, many of their mothers are the very ones that helped me to move pass that guilt and anger. But, I will feel much sadness that my friends are no longer here to be with their children and grandchildren. I feel so many emotions around this. Sadness and much frustration that women continue to die of cancer and that I can impact that in only a small way. My wish is that one day soon I will not be writing this post on Mother’s Day.
Today we will be joining other families in participating in the Lydia Legacy, Inc Photo event. This was established by my friends, Dina and Carin several years ago as a way to remember their sweet mothers. The pictures I receive from the incredibly talented photographers that donate their time will be wonderful. However, the comfort I will receive from the sharing with others in remembering their mothers will be such a blessing to me.
To all of the wonderful children (both young and old) that have lost their mothers, please know what an honor it was to know them and be a part of their life and to continue to be a part of yours.
Much love to you all…
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