Sunday, May 13, 2007

Acknowledging All the Children.....On Mother's Day


Yesterday, I made my mother cry. I didn't mean to make her cry, but it's something that she does everyday just not in front of others. All I did was give her a picture of my brother Brian, taken twenty years ago that a friend had sent me a few months ago. Brian died of kidney cancer in 1999, he was diagnosed the week he turned 42 and died 9 months later. Much to the dismay of my father's stoic yankee upbringing, there are times like yesterday, that my mother just cries when we talk about my brother. I know that my Dad misses Brian just as much as my mother, but it's all how we deal with what we lost. Even now, I still cry.

I had forgotten to buy my mother a mother's card and she had come up to me in Target when I was looking at the cards. She told me not to bother, but I think the picture was better than a store bought card. It was a picture that she hadn't seen before.

What did I learn from giving my Mother the picture? I learned that a Mother never forgets and that it's important to acknowledge the people that we love, whether or not they are still with us.

7 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day, Jenny.

    What a lovely gift to give to your mom and to all of us in sharing the picture your friend sent. You made me puddle up with your wonderful words today.

    *hugs*

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  2. Thank you for the story, Jen. Those are the hard ones to write, aren't they? Happy Mother's Day to you.
    ♥ ♥ ♥

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  3. Beautiful! Happy mother's day to you and your mom!

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  4. That was probably the best motherday gift you could give her ! Of course mothers never forget. I don't even forget my cats which I raised and who shared my life sometimes up to 20 years ! And a son dyeing so young that's an awful experience. It's a very nice pictures of you both !

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  5. What a lovely lovely gift. This post made me cry.

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  6. What a wonderful gift for your mother! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  7. Neat present for your MOM -- hope you made yourself a copy too.

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