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A Mother's/Daughter's Tale

There is nothing like the love of a mother. I have been so blessed to be Amelia's mother. She has shown me that I can love fiercely, tenderly and without borders. Some of us do not have natural children, but give our love to others, some with 4 legs and fur. I think that women may naturally have the capacity for unconditionally loving. Not that men don't, but I think that the maternal instinct may be stronger. I could definitely be wrong here. (my husband is one of the most loving people that I know)

That's what Mother's Day is about, right?

Not for everyone. When I was growing up, my mother loved me the best that she could. She made matching holiday outfits, took me to the ballet, we read every night, and we played games. She gave me my love of gardening, taught me about composting, and so many other things. Later in life, she became very difficult, due to illnesses. She lived with my family for 22 years. They were hard. Sometimes, very hard. We did our best to give her a wonderful life.

My point for this is that Mother's Day can be a hard day for many of us. There are so many factors that can cause a tumultuous relationship with a mother. Some of us have lost our moms too early, some mothers have left us, leaving many questions. This "holiday" can be hard for some. but I think that we can get through it by looking at who helped to shape us into the loving people that we are today. I was very fortunate to have a few other women in my life to help me grow. ( I think that we all have had them in our lives also) I would like to recognize some of them here. My paternal grandma lived with us when I was growing up. She always had my favorite M&Ms for me and would tell me stories. One of my mentors, Kit, taught me that we can do anything that we want to do and to not be afraid to move forward, and most importantly, how to heard 10 Girl Scouts at an alpaca show. Annie is my neighbor who shows me love everyday. She helped with Mom, and when my husband was on the road, she would have me over for dinner because she didn't want me to be lonely. She is always there for me to talk or to just be with. There have been many others in my life who have helped me. I am so very grateful for all of them!

I think that Mother's Day may be more about the love that we share and receive from the people in our lives that matter the most. So, this weekend, enjoy all of the love that you give and the love that is given back to you. We are all beautiful, loving humans!

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