I lost my mother 24 years ago. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. When I was younger, I was told that I wouldn’t be able to have children; so, by some miracle, I became pregnant, she was the first person I called. I remember the both of us crying happy tears together. My daughter was only 6 months old when my mother passed. I’m grateful that she got the chance to see and hold her granddaughter.
The thing I miss most about not having my mother around, is not being able to share my children with her. There were no phone calls telling her little funny things they did. There was no sharing moments of pride, or calls of comfort when I was feeling overwhelmed. It saddens me that my kids were unable to feel her unconditional love, as I did.
One thing that my mother left me, was the gift of laughter. She had a great sense of humor and had the ability to make light of unpleasant situations. Her humor cured a lot of growing pains for me as a kid. She instilled this gift in all my siblings. Now, when we get together, there’s none stop laughing. Our laughter is like having a piece of my Mom with us.
She raised 5 kids totally sacrificing herself; not regretting one moment. Family meant everything to her. One of the last things she expressed to me, was how much she loves her family. Those words are what I seek comfort in when I’m missing her.
Not just on Mother’s Day, but everyday; honor your mother. Make time for her. A quick call, a text or a random get together. More importantly, don’t stop telling her you love her. Remember, she was your first love.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
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