Mother’s Day 2010

Red Rose

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, May the 9th.  If you are looking for thoughtful and eco friendly present ideas, you might find some in my last year’s post.  This post is about our recent loss.

On Easter Sunday my mother-in-law passed away very unexpectedly, at the age of 66.  It has been a difficult time for us as we couldn’t be there for her when it happened, we didn’t have the chance to say goodbye.  But especially hard will be for my husband this year’s Mother’s Day.

I know this isn’t quite a cheerful reading for such a special day.  But I would like you, if you are still with me, to think about Mother’s Day in a less commercialised way.  Think about what is important in life.  What memories will we take with us when the time comes for us to cross to the “other” side.  After all it is memories and emotions we cherish, not “things”.

Although I am aware of everything written below on any other day, this Sunday I’ll reflect on following:

  • As a mum, this Mother’s Day I’ll remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to do the toughest job in the world, on duty 24/7 – being MUM!
  • I’ll express my gratitude to have two great children and a loving husband.
  • I’ll remind myself to cherish every day spent with my kids, no matter how frustrating some of those days might be.
  • As a daughter, I’ll appreciate the fact that although living 16, 000 km away I still have my mum and her unconditional love.
  • We’ll take time to light the candle and reflect on our late mum, mother-in-law and grandma’s life.

Our lives are filled with seemingly “important” everyday’s task and problems.  To-do lists are boring and without an end.  Wouldn’t it be great to have something like Call mum and tell her I appreciate all she has done for me between shopping and paying bills on it?  Or how about Write I love you note for kids lunches as a task on the to-do list?  If you’ve always wanted to say something important to your mum (or anyone else), to say sorry for something that happened long ago or to do something special for her, but never find the time or the right moment, do it now.  The other day, the next time you visit or the next year might be a bit too late…

As someone said,

Our life may be short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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