|Cindy La Ferle|
Which is why it's still hard to walk past all those sentimental Mother's Day cards at the drugstore. I'm reminded, as I head straight to vitamin aisles at the back of the store, that my life isn't the same without my mom. I miss her.
|My daughter-in-law and son in Amsterdam|
Of course, I can re-spin this in a positive way, which is usually my style. I've got a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who'll call me later today from Europe to wish me a happy Mother's Day. And my thoughtful husband has already gifted me with beautiful flowers (above) and a funny card from our cats, plus a cheery yellow gift bag filled with chocolate-pistachio bark (pun intended) from our dog.
All said and done, there are hundreds of ways to be a mother to others -- and hundreds of ways to be mothered by others. Today I celebrate them all.
To honor the good mothers we've known and loved, we can practice nurturing one another every day of the year. We can listen deeply and unselfishly, offer consistent support and caring, and show genuine interest in the lives of people we love. Just like a good mother would. Happy Mother's Day to all.