To the Mothers who have lost a child. To the Mothers who are rebuilding relationships with their children. To the Mothers who don’t know where their children are. To the Mothers who never sleep more than an hour at a time. To the Mothers who are themselves away in treatment. To the Mothers who long for one more hug. To the Mothers who can’t stop asking, “what more could I have done”? To the Mothers doing everything possible to change the stigma around addiction. To those Mothers – you – who never stop loving. And to Mothers who are mourning their own Mothers.
Mother’s Day can be especially difficult for many Mothers – those who have lost their child or grandchild to overdose. Those who have their teen or adult child living in the depths of their addiction. That every day pain that never goes away.
The love of a Mother knows no bounds. When everyone has given up, Moms are often in that battle alone.
One thing Mother’s Day most certainly is, is an emotional day for everyone who is a Mom, has stepped up to be the Mom, is a Grandmother or aunt who stepped up to fill the Mom roll, is a son or daughter who grieves for the Mom who has passed away or the son or daughter whose Mom simply walked away one day and never returned.
True love is never negotiable – it is there – it isn’t something you can turn on or off. A Mother’s love is something we can’t explain. That love, that bond, that powerful force. I can’t imagine anything more powerful.
To all of you Moms or Moms by choice, you are an inspiration. You are a strong and powerful force. You are loved filled. There is no one, nothing more powerful than you. You are the definition of strength and love.
Yes you have those times of utter frustration. Those times when you have to step away for awhile. Those times when we feel we just have to throw our hands in the air and say “I’m done”. Those times when we find ourselves rolled up in a ball, in tears.
But that bond. That unbreakable tie that binds us to those we love – oh it stretches sometimes, but it never breaks.
I hope that you have been able to have a peaceful day today. That you heard from those you love. That you remembered the one you lost with gentle memories of the person they truly were inside. They were not their addiction. And a Mom knows that.
I hope your day was one that brought you some joy. Some contentment. Some peace. Memories that made you smile.
Happy Mother’s Day to Moms everywhere.
Take care and remember to be kind to yourself.