Do I say, “Happy Mother’s Day!” or is
“I’m sorry this day is on the calendar,” more appropriate?
Time has mitigated the intense pain of my mom’s death
but Mother’s Day is a sharp reminder of her earthly departure.
I miss her touch, her laugh, the smell of her perfume and
the way her hands enhanced every conversation.
She never cooked or gardened or scrap-booked,
but she taught me how to solve problems,
contend for big dreams, and be kind to others.
She was my lifeline when I was discouraged and
my anchor when I was successful.
She held me close when I was small and
she let me go when I was grown.
Now that she is gone, the very presence of her absence
is a constant reminder of how much I miss my mom.
Everywhere you turn, there are reminders of Mother’s Day.
Maybe your family makes a big production out of Mother’s Day.
There will be cards and chocolates and bouquets.
Your day will be full of people swapping stories, laughing and hugging.