My mom passed away 25 years ago, yet Mother’s Day still is a bit of a bittersweet day. I feel her presence in my heart every single day. The pain of missing her has faded after all these years, but I still feel some sadness each year 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.
I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to still have her in my life in a more tangible way. She never knew me as a veterinary hospital manager, and she never knew me as a writer. She never knew how much joy my chosen careers have brought into my life.
And yet, I know she knows. I know she’s been cheering me on all these years, and I know she’s proud of what I have accomplished. 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 special day. And if your mom is no longer with you, I hope today is filled with wonderful memories of your time together.