May 11 is Mother’s Day.
It’s a day to honour our mothers and the special place they have in our lives and in our hearts. Some will have passed, others are requiring care and many are still here guiding and nurturing us as we carry on with our lives. They are our cornerstone, our barometer and our foundation. In many ways they shaped us and made us who we are.
Mother’s Day to some is a Hallmark moment, one that means you have to buy something – flowers, dinner out or send a card.
The mothers among us will say with no uncertainty that what they really want for Mother’s Day is time. Time to spend with their family and loved ones, a little extra time to appreciate life and time to do something they can’t do when every day life gets in the way. Time steadily marches on and the years fly by and before you know it, a lifetime has passed and the torch is handed over to the next generation.
Baby boomers, or zoomers as some call them, are now having to care for their mothers rather than the other way around. It is no easy task and it is difficult to realize that one person who always propped you up is now needing propping. Perhaps their memories fail as their body does and realizing that you are now the parent is kind of a sad realization. What is particularly hard is that it was our mothers who we turned to when we needed to, now they are turning to us. Going from being tended to tending is hard, but it does make one realize they are fully immersed in the cycle of life. Appreciate them while you can.
So, hats off to all mothers and grandmothers and the important and loving role they have played in our lives.
Happy Mother’s Day.
p.s. Call your mom.