I don’t have Mom around anymore, and Mother’s Day is sometimes tough. Today, though, I’m going to ask you to hang with me, and I hope to share a little of my mom with you.
I am not a motherless daughter. I am my mother’s daughter. If there’s something you want to do or try, then do it. The only failure is in not trying at all. Cricket (my dad’s nickname for her) practiced this for herself and she encouraged her three kids to have the courage to do the same.
Mom was different from everyone else in her family. She wasn’t fearless, but she didn’t let fear hold her back from trying new things/learning new things/doing whatever/going wherever. Don’t misunderstand me, she wasn’t always like that, but when she wasn’t, she faked it. (I didn’t know that until I got older.) Lucky for my sister and I, sometimes one of us would get the benefits of tagging along to what we could categorize as the most boring trip ever – a great breakfast or lunch, or some treat, usually chocolate, before heading home.
I believe that it’s both good and important to live out life with others. To create and shop and brainstorm new ideas. Plus, it’s just a whole lot more fun with others. Sure, I do find myself alone a lot of the time, I’m an empty-nester, but my best memories are when I’m with my sister, my daughter, my near-daughters, or so many of the other amazing women I know.
So let me encourage you. Do something. Something Fun. Something new. Something challenging. And take someone with you. Even if it’s just into your kitchen or folding your clothes on your couch. Maybe someone a little younger or older, a little more shy, a little less likely to do things on her own. Do. Talk. And laugh.
Mother’s Day is hard for some of us: we’ve lost our moms, or our babies, or who knows what in between. That’s hard and I’m so sorry, and I can’t change that for you or for me. I can encourage you, though, that you will be your best when you’re loving others.
And whether you’re a mother or not, I wish you a very happy day, and maybe just a little strawberry shortcake – my mom’s favorite!