Friday, May 12, 2017

ALWAYS MINDFUL

Sunday will bring the annual celebration of Mothers.  We Americans do not have a corner on the market of the celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries and at different times in the world.
One thing is FOR SURE---we ALL have a mother!  As I read in another blog this week, not all of us welcome the day with open arms.  In fact, Mother's Day can be as difficult a holiday as Christmas for many in our midst.


There are those who do not have wonderful Norman Rockwell mothers.  Those who have suffered abuse, abandonment, and emotional damage beyond our imagination.  I have tutored children whose lives resembled your worst nightmare.   Children who walked into school with eyes down, coats buttoned to their chin, angry-and yet beaten down to a shadow of themselves.  


There are those who want nothing more than to be a mother, and yet are unable to conceive.  Women who month after month are reminded of their empty arms.  Women who hear their biological clocks ticking loudly with each passing year--and the passing of yet another Mother's Day with unfulfilled dreams.

  
There are those who pray for the quick passing of this day---their arms are empty.  The unthinkable has left them not knowing how to address this day.  Certainly they are a mother, but the evidence of their maternity has left---far too soon.


There are those who are estranged from their children--for a long list of reasons.  Who do you celebrate with when your off spring are not speaking to you?  And then there are those whose children have disappeared---on purpose or by evil intent.  How do you celebrate when you don't know where your child is?


There are those whose mother's have left--gone on to Eternity.  It is bittersweet to honor the mother who is no longer with you.  Flowers left at a cemetery are somehow a shallow substitute for presenting them in person.


Mother's Day is another day which can be the best of the best--or the worst of the worst--depending upon the eyes you are looking through.  I pray we are all aware and sensitive to those around us who might find the day difficult at best. 


 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because,
 having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life 
that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” 
James 1:12




6 comments:

  1. Great ... now you've made me depressed.

    Happy Mother's Day, Lulu.

    God bless.

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    1. Reality can be a downer, but our hope is not of this world, Victor!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. I have parents who are deeply disappointed in me, always have been and always will be. I had to giggle over Victors comment, it was a great post, regardless of the depression, giggling.

    A very happy Mothers Day to you, my sweet friend.

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    1. Disappointment often stems from within-and incorrectly placed on another. You are a wonderful example of a mother!
      Happy Mother's Day, My Friend!
      Blessings !

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  3. Hi Lulu! As different as we are from each other, that's how many relationships there are with our mothers, and our children with us.
    I hope you have a wonderful day, knowing how cherished you are by your family, and your little pup-child too!
    You don't know how many times I thought of you a week ago when I was with my daughter and her family. I did come home exhausted!! There's a lot of energy needed to keep up with the grands, all worth it of course, but definitely a challenge.
    God bless,
    Ceil

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    1. But OH---HOW we are blessed when we serve those sweet grands. There is NOTHING quite like it!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!