“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)
This is a busy week for me, with my birthday and Mother’s Day, this week-end; my sister’s 60th birthday was earlier this week as well as a cousin’s 50th. Then in less than 2 weeks, it’s the same sister’s and my 40th wedding anniversary to our respective husbands. After that, my daughter is due to give birth. Just lots is going on.
So, I want you to understand any erratic posting for the next month.
And, I want to encourage you to spend time with your relatives, especially your Mother, if you are lucky enough to still be able to do that together. My husband lost his mother about 1 month ago, so we know each day, week, month and year is precious.
The door-bell rang today, and my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law had just sent 18 beautiful red, long-stemmed roses, with greetings addressed to my Mum, my daughter and I.
My daughter, heart-of-my-heart, is about to deliver her first child at the end of the month or in early June, so this is a REALLY special Mother’s Day. Three generations of mothers, all together. It hasn’t happened in my mother’s family for nearly 50 years.
My mother’s older sister was only 4 years older than my Mum. My cousin, was only 4 years older than I, but all that happened nearly 50 years ago in THEIR family. Time is so strange.
My cousin, had three children after marrying young (only one I know of in our family). So, she probably had her first child at 20. She had 2 more and then died of melanoma at 31.
All of her children had my aunt as their “Mother” figure yet-again, for their Dad did not re-marry, and as a Holocaust family victim, had only one brother in Israel left as family.
But, all the children grew well, and have fond memories of their Grandmother-mum as well as their real Mum. Now, 2 of the 3, (the girls), have many lovely children of their own; the oldest of which will turn 18 in a few more days. Families go on.
We need to remember all those who came before us, and who made the sacrifices for their children, so each generation could hopefully have a better life.
All this is very much on my mind in these uncertain financial times. And so is the love and support that families can offer one another. They do. It’s natural.
My Mum, at 86 1/2, is really excited about becoming a great-grandmother. Now, this is the focus of her hopes and dreams. It is prompting her to try to “be there” for my daughter and her child; to make the daily effort to get through her pain to be able to enjoy seeing my daughter help her little son grow-up. Love is a powerful catalyst.
So, I wish all the mothers, grandmothers and great / great grandmothers a wonderful day. Humanity needs your love and wisdom and dedication. Your example is what will permeate the world with Love.
Best to all — Em
Please write for permission to use my article. Thanks.