As Mother’s Day approaches, COVID-19 may be limiting you to Facetime, Skype or just plain old phone calls with your mother.
It’s not the same as being there. We miss the physical touch, the joining of spirits that comes with physical presence. We know the social distancing and separation are acts of love but it’s been a year, a long tough year for mothers and their grown children.
Words and actions have become even more important than usual. What can we do for our mothers this year? Using technology, Canada Post, or prayer, we can share our memories, good memories that touch our hearts with love. For sure our stories will bring laughter and tears. That’s the best, because we will know we have connected.
As many of you know, I’ve enjoyed the blessing of two mothers. I can focus on the hugs. My adoptive mom loved to cuddle. I can close my eyes and feel her arms around me. My heart remembers her joy when I arrived after a five hour drive, for my monthly visit, rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. I can still see her sitting in her favourite chair, her open Bible on her knee. She gave me faith. Best of all, I remember her love.
When I met my precious birth mother at the age of 53, her hug of greeting took me back to my babyhood. Joy filled my soul. I had my first fifteen months of life with her, before she gave me away to have, in her words, “the life I deserved.” She was a strong woman, generous, loving. I strive to be just like her. Yes, both of my mom’s are no longer here with me physically but they will be with me in spirit forever.
We all have at least one mother. This year, sift through your memories – the special times, the fun times. Search out your childhood pictures. Even with COVID’s social distancing you have so much to share. Ask God to help you write down your memories. Mail them, hand deliver them or whatever it takes to share them with your mom. I guarantee, she will be thrilled. If your mom is no longer with you, read what you’ve written out loud, imagining your mom is right there by your side.
Remember your mom is your special blessing. She may not be perfect. She may have failed in many ways. But on this special day for mother’s, seek out the blessings that you can find. Your effort will bring you great joy.