Happy Mother’s Day

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day Mom.  I am so grateful to have spent the entire day with you.  This Image is taken from the cover of our catholic church newsletter that morning.  It was actually afternoon when mass ended and it was a beautiful service.  The weather was comfortable with mild humidity and sunny skies.  Lety’s own mother passed away when she was just 10 years old.  She has shared with me how devastating this was to a child and how she heard adults at the time communicate that over time wounds will heal.  She desperately wished her life would fast forward 15 to 20 years in the future so the pain would go away.  Of course after all these years she still loves and misses her own mother.  But during this morning while Lety was preparing to go to church she described the first Mother’s day in her life without her Mom.  Lety was born in Mexico and she explained there was a tradition in her country that on Mother’s Day which is celebrated every year on May 10 that children would wear red carnations in celebration but for those children without their mothers they would wear white carnations.  The pain the family felt was deep.  Along with Lety’s three younger brothers her father took them not to church that day.  They did not visit the cemetary either.  The drove off to the country side in a wooded area for the 4 young children to run and play.  Lety described that happy day with fun and joy.  Especially after so many days filled with so much tears.  My grandfather felt this was the best way to spend Mother’s Day that year.

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