Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy? Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day. I've been dreading it, but I'm actually doing alright. I found this picture of my Mom and I about two years ago and about a year before she passed away. It is not the greatest of pictures, but we were laughing. Actually, we were trying to pose for a picture and got to laughing so hard we couldn't stop. We didn't even know what was so funny - you know how that it is.

I decided to post this photo in particular because I want to focus on the time I had with Mom, not on the fact she is no longer here. I had this lovely intention of putting flowers on her grave for Mother's Day, but somehow it just didn't seem quite right. Plus, given my track record of teariness this weekend, I know it would've just upset me to the point of needing to come straight home and go to bed. Instead, I want to focus on my good memories of my Mom. Remember how thankful I am for the time I had with my her. Be thankful for the other Moms I have in my life now.

We celebrated Mother's Day today at Tom and Molli's. I made a chocolate layer cake for Francie. I ate a hamburger and held Tanner on my lap, while he read me his favorite silly story. I watched little Maggie propped up on a dining room chair helping her Mom make fruit salad.

Yes, that's how I think I'll end this day. I will visit my Mom in my heart, instead of her grave.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Great words from a very strong and wise woman! Visit her in your heart! That's truly where motherhood lies. It isn't a born of the circumstances of life, a product of the bones, or even of the womb, really. Motherhood is born in a woman's heart. That ought to be where it is most often honored and memorialized too. Your mom would be blessed and encouraged to see her daughter with such an amazing understanding!


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