Saturday, May 9, 2009
Happy Mother's Day to All of Us Mothers
My daughter Emily celebrated her 23rd birthday on Thursday, only three days shy of Mother's Day this year. Somehow, that seems appropriate. After all, her birth made me a (second-time) mother.
My firstborn, my son Ward, turned 26 on April 15th--Tax Day. Somehow, that seems appropriate too, given the expense of raising children. But no matter the cost, I wouldn't for the world have missed out on the opportunity to be their mother. I'm guessing that those of you who also have children feel the same way about yours. And for those of you whose children are still young and at home I can tell you that your children will always be your children.
No matter how old they get, you will still worry about them (with or without cause), and rejoice in their happiness and their successes. Even as adults they will continue to be your favorite topic of conversation with relatives and friends--at least, I presume, until the grandchildren come along...
"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing." ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987