Sunday, May 12, 2013
Good Afternoon Friends,
Today is Mothers Day. After my own Mother passed away in 1987, I would privately cry every Mothers Day and just be happy once the day was over. I did however, have the good grace to put on an act for the sake of my own family, that I was enjoying my special day, but inwardly, just wishing the day would pass quickly. My Mother's final Mothers Day was very bittersweet. She was in the hospital and her request was to have a special dinner with my Dad. She was in intensive care, so a lot of strings had to be pulled for her dream to come true. Finally, with the approval of hospital administration, my Dad went to her favorite restaurant and picked up her favorite meal for the two of them and took it to the hospital. My family and my brother and his family was allowed in for a morning visit and then had to leave so that she and my Dad could have their special time. She ate little, but was very happy and she lay and held hands with my Dad until he was asked to leave so that she could rest. We went back for the evening visiting and the nurse came to the door of ICU and had to tell us that my Mother had just suffered a severe stroke. All I could think of was the cruel injustice of this happening on her favorite day of the year. She passed away a few months later and time moved on but I never let go of that memory or the anger that I felt because she suffered that stroke on Mothers Day, of all days.
This year was different for me. I began to feel thankful that she had her very special time. After all, the stroke didn't happen until early evening, so she was content and happy. I also started to think about something that she had told me a few years before she left us, "Life is for the living and it is short, so enjoy every day." How right she was. Today I have enjoyed my Mothers Day immensely. I am so thankful that God gave her that fateful day and I am thankful that He has given me this day with my family.
I know this blog is a little different from what I normally share, but I count my blessings every single day and today I am listing Mothers Day at the very top of my list.
Happy Mothers Day to all of you!