Reflections on Mother’s Day

There are many expressions of motherhood; likewise there are many relationships surrounding ‘motherhood’ that can complicate a seemingly benign holiday. Mother’s Day is typically about honoring and remember our mothers, but the day can bring up mixed emotions, anxieties, and a sense of isolation for those children and teens whose mother has died. For women who’ve had a child die, Mother’s Day may hold painful associations. The ‘Hallmark card’ pressure to celebrate on that day may contribute to feelings of being different from peers and friends.

We can, however, use the holiday to honor and remember all the relationships we have with the women in our lives who are important to us, both young and old, alive and dead. We can choose to reflect upon and/or celebrate mothers/step-mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives/partners, girlfriends, friends, colleagues, mentors, daughters, nieces, and granddaughters.

It has been said that much of our sense of loving and being loved happens when we’re not in the physical presence of our loved ones, but when we’re apart. So whether or not the women in our lives are are close or far away, we can still honor the love and gratitude within us.

Can you identify at least three women who have played or currently play a significant role in your life? What three things do you most admire/respect/cherish? What are you grateful for? What means of expression could honor your experiences and convey your sentiments?

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““At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.””

Albert Schweitzer