Mother’s Day got me thinking. My Mother, at 93, was half a continent away.
As so many other mothers were. It is the first time she has ever spent Mother’s Day alone. The first time in 68 years.
Life has flipped us upside down and all around.
Families debated about how to handle Mother’s Day. Some chose to gather together after many weeks of separation. Others maintained social isolation even though it was heartbreaking to do so. Some mothers decided, themselves, to stay alone. Some felt pressured by family members to attend the usual family celebrations.
Difficult choices – all of them – for everyone!
And what about presents? Taking them out for dinner? Where? Send them flowers? No florists open.
In the topsy turvyness of our new reality, the best way to love someone is to stay away from them?! It’s the best present we can give them.
This is counterintuitive, heart wrenching and difficult to grasp.
BUT IT IS!
AND IT HURTS!
WE WILL SURVIVE.
Because we love enough to stay away.