Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me. On one hand, I am blessed to be a mom of two amazing children, a mom-in-law to their spouses I have come to adore, and a Grammy to our first grandchild. On the other hand, my heart aches for my own mom.
Mother’s Day reminds me of all of the wonderful memories I have of my mom and it makes me sad for the ones we never got to make.
My mom loved to make others happy. She was the most generous and kind person you could ever know. Always knitting, quilting or baking for someone else; offering to help, to babysit, to do chores we didn’t have time for. Never demanding, always giving. She loved her family and her family loved her.
When my mom left us – 11 years ago – my children were 16 and 21. Time has passed on and with it has gone birthdays, weddings, babies, vacations, and hair color changes. And with each milestone, I miss her more.
But, as I watch my daughter as a new mom, and my son as a new husband, I see her. She has imprinted them with her generosity, her kindness, her love, and her smile.
I see her reflected in their eyes. They have my mother’s eyes.
My mom isn’t gone from our lives. She’s still very much a part of it. I see it more every day. And, it gives me so much joy.
Thank you, mom.
Betty Lochner is the President Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She is an award winning public servant, and a leadership and communication skills author, and national speaker. To find out more visit www.cornerstone-ct.com
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