The best of Mother’s Days to all of you who have birthed, adopted, grand-ed, step-ed, or stepped in when mom wasn’t available. Mothering is one of those jobs where most of the recognition comes after the fact, when the kids grow up and figure out you really weren’t that stupid after all, so — for those of you who aren’t there yet, here’s a big thank you!
In a cruel irony, this Mother’s Day falls on the six-month anniversary of my brother’s death. I can’t imagine what my mother must be feeling today. No one should have to endure the pain of losing a child, but the loss doesn’t negate the amazing job she did raising a son who became a hero to so many people. I know that, in the midst of her grief, she is proud of him. I hope I do half as well as she did for him — and continues to do for me. She’s a hero too.
Thanks, Mama. I love you!