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.
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.
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.