Letter to the Editor

Special memories on Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13, 2007

To the editor:When my mother died, everyone kept saying, "You have so much to be thankful for." I didn't feel very much like saying "Thank you" at the time.

The years have passed, and I've had a chance to reflect on their words. I look around, and my eyes fall on the infant who lost his mother in childbirth and will never know the feel of her arms around him or the sweet sound of her voice. And I remember the songs my mother and I sang together, and I said, "Thank you, Lord."

Next I settle on the elementary-school child who has no mother with whom to share each new discovery or accomplishment. And I remember my artwork proudly displayed on the refrigerator door, and I said, "Thank you, Lord."

As I continue to look around I see the beautiful young teen who has no mother with whom to share the joy of first love and the sorrow of first heartbreak. And I remember the look in my mother's eyes when I showed her my engagement ring, and I said, "Thank you, Lord."

My gaze then shifts to the adults who still have their mothers, mothers who do not recognize them or who spend endless hours of suffering from some debilitating disease. And I remember when my mother's pain became more than she could bear she closed her eyes and slipped peacefully from us, and I said, "Thank you, Lord."

May you find some solace in my words as you reflect on special memories this Mother's Day.