Sunday, May 10, 2015

To the Mothers

Mother's Day is a dreaded day in our house.  We've tried dealing with it different way to make it more enjoyable.  We used to celebrate it as a {Future} Mother's Day...but each year that passed, the celebration became more and more just a reminder of what feels like will never be. So, then we took a different approach: avoidance, apathy, distraction.  It works well to keep the pain away, but unfortunately, in the midst of my self-pity, I failed to acknowledge the wonderful women in my life that I should be celebrating today.

So here's to the Mothers.

To all the women who have mothered me, or have taught me what mothering looks like.  Like my good friend Christine, who finds so much joy in motherhood.  She is thoughtful, kind, and always cheerful in her duties.  And my Aunt Leesa, who has been there for me my whole life, and continues to be a confidante and trusted friend.  Her zest for life and joy in family is a role model to me.

To my sister.  As a mother, she has set an example of being vigilant, hardworking, and on top of it all.  She has shown me an example of what I hope to be as a mother someday.  And, always unselfish, she constantly shares her children with me, allowing me to mother them as much as I want.

To my other mother, brought into my life through marriage, but who claims me as her own.  Cindy is such an example of selflessness, unconditional love, and generosity.  Through thick and thin, I am always sure of her love for me.  Even at a distance, she is a mother to me through her service and prayers.

To my second mother, my Grandma.  She helped raise me and has taught me more lessons than I can count, from crocheting to chocolate-dipping, and from cleaning to card games.  Her love of reading inspired me to love to learn.  I'll always remember her infectious laughter and storytelling.  She is so strong and brave, to endure what she has and still smile through it all.

Finally, to my mom.  There aren't even words to describe our love for each other. We have the closest relationship any mother and daughter could have.  Unexplainable, we are connected through time and space.  She is my best friend, she is always there for me, day or night, without ever the slightest degree of judgement.  She is, and always has been, willing to give everything to bless her children's lives.  I love her so much for the example of hard work, determination, and perseverance.  Thanks for being the best mother I could ever hope for.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in my life

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