Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mothers

I miss my mother. Everyone who has lost her mother misses her, so I'm not alone there. It's a universal thing, right? Our mothers are pretty special people in our lives.

But today I've been thinking about women in general and the way we connect with each other. I feel such a special bond with all the women in my life. My mother was the first and most important, of course, but there have been, and still are, so many others. I had two grandmothers, both of which gave me special gifts in terms of my self-esteem and my feeling of being worthy of love. There were aunts who also showed me love and for that I am so grateful.

But the women who are still in my life, are still helping me along this path we're all on, are the ones who are my contemporaries, and my descendants. First came my sisters, and as everyone knows, siblings share a special connection borne of shared histories and growing pains. Then there are my daughters, who hold a piece of my heart in their hands. And the women who my sons brought to me, my daughters-in-law, who also have special places in my heart.

There are the special friends who have seen me through some pretty tough times, and even those that are only connected through the experiences of life, the ones we work with, or go to church with, those we socialize with and went to school with. They are all parts of the tapestry that make up our lives and each is important in their own way.

On this Mother's Day I'm incredibly grateful for all the women in my life, young and old, living and dead, amazing all and loved by me.

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