Dear Mom…on a unique Mother’s Day
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Dear Mom –
I know you already know this—we never go to sleep without telling each other ‘I love you’—but I’m going to say it again because it’s been a very hard year without you:
I love you and I’m proud of you. I’m proud of how strong you’ve been these past couple of years, and especially proud of how strong you’ve been during our year apart.
When you moved into the long-term, mental health facility in 2017, I wanted you to live your life as normally as possible. Before the pandemic, you were mostly able to do that. There were bi-weekly family dinners at home. Holidays spent together. Long visits when I would come spend whole days with you. Losing that has been so hard for me, and I know it’s tested your mental health issues even further. You have always been the rock of our family, the caretaker, the one who makes sure everyone else has what they need first.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite moments with you. Do you remember when we went out and ate crepes with Grammy? I think that may have been her last Mother’s Day, and it was special having three generations together to enjoy that. This year will be different. I’m still not sure if I’ll get to see you in person. If not, there’s always FaceTime. We’ve spent a LOT of holidays on FaceTime this year.
I know lots of people have it so much harder than we do, which is why I’m proud to be part of an effort to help support vulnerable mothers and their families. But it’s still hard thinking that we won’t have Mother’s Day to spend celebrating you the way I would like. With everything that’s happened, I know I’m lucky to have a mom to actually see this Mother’s Day. There was a time I wasn’t sure that would happen.
I would not be who I am today without you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.