Dear Honey Run Friends,
The Mother’s Day holiday turns 100 this year after Woodrow Wilson signed a measure making the second Sunday in May, the official holiday for the United States in 1914. This holiday honoring mothers is one with mixed emotions. In an ideal world where every mother would love, nurture, and protect her children, this day of honor would hold reverence. But in the real world where mothers abandon or abuse their children, allow their children to be abused by others, or even kill their children, we are faced with complex emotions.
There are many like me who were blessed to be raised by woman who held the qualities from the ideal world, allowing me to grow and learn from the protection and support of a loving and secure home, enabling my dreams and ideas to be the only limitation to my growth. But what about the many others who deal with and overcome the less ideal situations; what are they feeling on this day of celebration and thanks?
For the child who gets left to the state and is bounced from home to home not knowing a single mother or mother figure in their life; for the child who just buried their mother; for the child who had a disagreement and has not spoken to their mother in years; for the child who is or was abused by their mother, my heart breaks. I cannot imagine the heartache and sadness that one carries not knowing a loving mother. Those of us who have a loving mother should be that much more grateful for the opportunity to have this relationship and love in our lives.
I pray that whatever your situation, on this Mother’s Day you will have a moment to reflect on your blessings and how you have or are going to impact the next generation with your actions. I pray that each woman who chooses and is able to embark on the great responsibility of motherhood loves her child and knows what a gift they have with the precious life they have been entrusted.
Despite the ugliness that persists in this world, I have hope and faith that this Mother’s Day holiday will be one of joy, reflection, thankfulness, and relationship for each of you.
Happy Mother’s Day!