Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mother's Day-Make Mom Memories

Mom and Me
It was very interesting researching the history of Mother's Day beginning with the ancient pagan holidays for the goddess Astra (fertility). Reading through the various attempts by both religious leaders and women to elevate the role of mother in society. Leading into today's very commercial, ad blitzed weeks prior to the second Sunday in May.

How and why we celebrate Mother's Day is not important. It is important that we remember mom. Not just because we have a day to remind us, but because as a child, mom is our touch stone. She was our go-to gal. My mom has left this dimension more than 15 years ago, but every weekend I still feel like I need to make my Sunday call to her.

When I left my parental family thirty plus years ago.  I moved five states west and more than 1600 miles. It was the equivalent of living on the moon to my mother. She wasn't able to "drop by." She couldn't understand what was in the western United States that the Midwest couldn't offer my husband and I.

The distance wasn't the issue as long as my mother knew I would make a Sunday call each week.  She still wanted to  know she was my touch stone and one of my counselors. The call always was anticipated. No matter how hard I would try to mask my mood or feelings, she could tell if I was having a bad week or a bumpy day. The calls were long and sometimes very intimate. She understood.

So in this day of Skype, texting, email, tweeting, Facebook, and unlimited long distance make Mother's Day happen more than once a year. Keep in touch. Pick a medium that works for you and yours. Once a year is nice, but a regular "just keeping in touch," goes on beyond all dimensions.
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