Today is the day to celebrate Mom, Mama, Madre, Mütter, Baba, Maman, and boy does she deserve it.
I have mixed feelings about Mother's day this year. I think about my two kids, both alive and healthy, (knock on wood) and I feel grateful and lucky and a little bit like any more celebration than that is unnecessary.
I have also been dreading Mother's Day since April 25Th, 2010, the day I found out the son of one of my best friends had been killed in a car crash. I can't pretend to understand what Mother's day is like for a mother who has lost a child, and I hope and pray I will never have to.
But this year, I wanted to make a special point of wishing those Mothers well on what I can only imagine must be a bittersweet day. You never stop being a mother once you have accepted the job, and the pain of losing a child must be a little sharper on mother's day, but please allow yourself some happiness and know that my heart goes out to you today, especially.
A special request from one mother to the rest: If it is at all possible to help carry the burden a mother bears after losing a child, let it be today.
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers - Jewish Proverb