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Happy Mother’s Day

I just hung up the phone after talking to my son, Chris. By the end of the conversation, I was once again laughing. He has that affect on me.
Recently I found out that a friend from years ago lost her child, and because I know what she is going through, I wanted to spend time with her on Mother’s Day. At the same time, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to spend time with my son, so I called him to talk about our options.
He assured me that he didn’t mind if I went to visit my friend. He even volunteered to go visit her with me. I will admit his selflessness brought tears to my eyes. He is a great young man.
As I was blinking back tears and trying to hold my voice even, once again thinking how lucky I was to have him in my life, he switched gears on me.
A completely random discussion about moonlight began. He told me that since moonlight is actually reflected sunlight, it should really be called sunlight, and I realized now was my chance to lovingly aggravate him by telling him that it would be called moonlight reflection. He didn’t bite he just said, “Nope, reflected sunlight.”
Then he switched gears again returning to our possible plans on Mother’s Day. Matter-of-factly in his good humored way, he reminded me that every day except this Sunday is Chris’s Day, but would graciously step aside for the one day that could be about me: Mother’s Day. That got me to laughing. And I was reminded how good it feels to laugh. (And though I know he was teasing . . . in my heart, I completely agreed.)Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. For the first few years after losing Jeremy, my oldest son, I cried all the time, struggling to just get through the day.
As time has passed, I have learned to laugh again, and it is my son, my family, and my friends that help me find the giggles. If you are a mom, I don’t need to tell you that motherhood is the most difficult job you will ever have. You will lose sleep. You will worry constantly. And there might be times when you show up to a business meeting with spit up on your suit. But it is also the most rewarding job. What other career offers free macaroni necklaces made out of love? Or watch your children sleeping peacefully without a care in the world, or cheer like a wild woman as they accomplish another milestone in their lives, or wipe tears of raw emotion from your eye as they say “I do.”
Whether you are a new mom or you have been doing this for a while, hold on to your memories, cherish each day you are given to spend with your children, and never, ever, take tomorrow for granted.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers!

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