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Mother’s Day

“When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” -Charley Benetto

A mother and her adult daughter were cleaning out closets and cabinets as the mother prepared to downsize.  As boxes were pulled from long-time hiding spots, and the mother muttered under her breath about this and that, the daughter came across an old square box like department stores used to wrap gifts. The mother told her the box was for her.

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.”

Taking the lid off the box, which was filled to the brim, was like opening a chest of precious treasures. As the daughter quickly sorted through the box she found congratulations cards sent to her parents upon her birth, cards off flower arrangements, and a list of gifts bestowed upon the new arrival. There was a copy of the small pink and white birth announcement her parents had sent out to family and friends, what was left of a dried red rosebud that had been placed in church announcing her birth. There were photographs made with a real camera. Birthday cards from her first and subsequent birthdays gifts – each gift carefully documented in her mother’s familiar handwriting. The box was essentially a lap full of love collected through the years by her mother.

The daughter could have sat there for hours, but there was work to be done. The box was hers, and she could take it home and pull it out on occasions when she was feeling especially sentimental or just curious. One day down the road, the box would come to mean something totally different and become a connection to many wonderful memories. But then, there would be no one to ask who Jim and Sue were, what was worn to such an event, or why.

For now, it was a gift more precious than gold. On the daughter’s “birth” day, she sent her mother flowers.

That’s a true story, but not everyone has this type of Hallmark story moment. And that’s OK.

Some mother/daughter relationships are more like sisters than mother and daughter, and some are the best of friends. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, the mother-daughter relationship is known to be stronger than other parent-offspring relationship.

Others float along on an even keel. But, unfortunately, there are those fractured relationships

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