My mom passed away 29 years ago. Even after all that time, Mother’s Day still is a bit bittersweet. I still feel some sadness when Mother’s Day cards start showing up in stores, friends make plans to spend time with their moms, and restaurants offer Mother’s Day specials.

I think I was about a year old in this photo.

Of course she’s in my heart every day, but I there are still so many times when I wish she could still be in my life in a more tangible way. In the last birthday card she sent me before she passed away, she told me how proud she was of what I had made of my life at the time. But at that time, I was a pretty unhappy corporate middle manager, and I never got to share my transformation to a veterinary hospital manager and then a writer with her. She never knew how much joy my chosen careers have brought me.

Mom and Feebee
My mom with Feebee, spring of 1985

And yet, I know she knows. I know she’s been cheering me on all these years, and I know she’s been comforting me during the difficult times. But on days like today, I wish I could get just one more hug from her. I wish I could hear her voice just one more time, calling me by any of the special names she had for me. I wish she was still here.

Whether you’re the mom of human or feline children, enjoy your day. And if your mom is no longer with you, I hope today is filled with wonderful memories of your time together.

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10 Comments on Happy Mother’s Day

  1. oh my Ingrid that photo of you as a baby (with your gorgeous eyes!) is priceless! Thank you for sharing! I remember the other photo, I always love when you share it. Sending you (((hugs))) on this bittersweet day. That’s how I feel on Father’s Day. xoxo

  2. Happy Mother’s Day. My mom is also gone but think of her all the time. She amazed me that she made everything from scratch with cooking. She worked full time and still had the house clean and food on the table. She was an amazing woman. I celebrate the day with my furry feline Tasha. She is my shadow and always with me.

  3. Hi Ingrid,
    Your mom was a beautiful woman. I love the photo of you and her when you were a year old, you were so cute.
    My mom passed away in 1992, three days before my 30th birthday. She was wonderful and I still miss her today. I was the only child and both my parents encouraged me when I started writing at 14.
    I wish you and myself and all the cat moms a happy Mothers Day.

  4. Good Morning and Happy Mother’s day too all whether you have furry kids or non furry kids. My Mom passed away 07/12/02 I still miss her. I think of her all the time and I kind of shy away from all the holidays for she loved those holidays. They say when you see Cardinals in your yard someone is visiting you from Heaven. The Mom is the one that holds the family together.

    • I love seeing cardinals in my yard because I, too, believe that they are signs from our departed loved ones, both human and feline, that remind us that love never dies.

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