Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, including grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, mothers-to-be, and mothers of the four-legged variety. Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mothers and thank them for all they do. May is the month for Mother’s Day celebrations in America and is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
Mother’s Day was not officially recognized as a holiday in the U.S. until 1914 although its origins began in 1908. Today in the United States Mother’s Day is one of the most commercialized holidays, especially for the card industry and florists across America, not to mention the candy companies. Restaurants in every city offer Mother’s Day special lunches and dinners, as families take their mothers out to eat. This seems to be one of the most popular ways to celebrate, although my guess is that most mothers crave the special time spent together with their families.
An emotional day, Mother’s Day is filled with joy for some, and sorrow for others, especially those whose mothers are no longer with us. This year is the first Mother’s Day without my mother, as she passed away two and a half months ago at the age of ninety-five. While I miss talking with her, hearing her laugh, and seeing her smile, I am comforted by the many memories we made throughout the years, and they bring me joy. The greatest gift I received from her was knowing I was loved.
As a tribute to my beautiful mother, I am posting a few photos of her that immediately bring a smile to my face.
Rather than focus on the sadness the loss of a mother brings, I hope memories of good times together provide enough joy to celebrate this special day with a happy spirit. I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day.
I would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share any memories you have of your mother. I always appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment.