For Those Who Hurt On Mother’s Day

I love this post John! I am of those who has those tears. They say that it gets easier, I wish that were so true! I am reading your post on Mother’s Day May 10th and today makes exactly to the 17 years since my mother passed on May 10th, 1998 which just so happened to be Mother’s Day!!! I know she watches over me and my sisters who have become wonderful mothers and now grandmothers!!! We are still blessed with our memories!!

john pavlovitz

Tear

Today is Mother’s Day.

For many people that means flowers and handmade cards and brunches and hugs and laughter. It means celebration and gratitude and rejoicing.

But for some it just means tears.

For many moms and adult children out there, this day is a stark unsolicited reminder of what was but no longer is, or it is a heavy holiday of mourning what never was at all.

This day might bring with it the scalding sting of grief for the empty chair around a table.

It might come with choking regret for a relationship that has been horribly severed.

It might be a day of looking around at other mothers and other children, and feeling the unwelcome intrusion of jealousy that comes with comparison.

Consider this a love letter to you who are struggling today; you whose Mother’s Day experience might be rather bittersweet— or perhaps only bitter.

This is consent to feel fully the contents of your own heart…

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