The other day, I overheard someone wishing a coworker of mine a happy Mother's Day. At least that's what I think I heard--they weren't speaking nearby, I couldn't see them, and I may have mixed up the conversation. The friend who I think was wished a happy day has never had children and just lost her own mother, so it will more likely be a melancholy Mother's Day for her.
Thinking about my friend made me pause for a minute before wishing all of you a Happy Mothers' Day. I hope it truly IS a happy day for you whether you are a mother, are celebrating with your mother, or are simply taking a few minutes to think about your mother or whoever held that role in your life.
My relationship with my mother has always been strained, and in recent years, it's been nearly non-existant. It hit me like an electric shock today to realize I hadn't even thought to send her a card! Thank goodness my relationship with my children is far warmer and loving than the relationship I've had with my mom. It has, I think, taught me that we need to cultivate our relationships and express our appreciation to the people in our lives as often as we can.
Whatever your situation in life, take time today to reflect upon the people who have nurtured you and who you have nurtured thoughout your life and congratulate yourself--you deserve it! Have a Happy Mother's Day.