Mother’s Day From Afar

Mother’s Day hasn’t been the same since my mama moved many miles away years ago. I have to admit, I have a zing of envy when I see status updates and photos of those who get to celebrate Mother’s Day with their mother. The lucky ones who get to hug their Mom, touch her, look her in the eye, and treasure her in person.

If that’s you, don’t let that day go by like any other. Don’t take it for granted. Admire the hands that have worked for you, wiped your tears, rubbed your back, touched lives, and been there over the years.

While I won’t get to see my mom’s face when her gift arrives in the mail (oh, how I wish I could!), I will relish the voice on the other end of the phone. Or perhaps, get on Skype so I can see her smile. Even though she’s far away, I know I have a gift in still having a mama to talk to and I won’t let that slip by unnoticed.

 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. ”
Ephesians 6:2-3

What does Mother’s Day mean to you? Is it a fun time or a hard time? Do you have a special Mother’s Day tradition? Please share in the comments!


  1. Mel, I wish yo a lovely Mother’s Day!
    I wanted to reply to this because I am done denying. Bt only just. I haven’t moved much past that step right now. I know these aren’t jst ato-published and I thank yo for that. If anything I say is worth repeating then go ahead bt I know you will pray abot it first and wash it all.. And that lets me write. Duane was saying write it all out and start, Dear God, but when I journal I talk to God? And that doesn’t help mch. If it did I would have it all out by now? I need to tell somebody. Bt I know he went to his parents with whatever happened in his life and you have told yor mom. Maybe that is the difference. I am not going to tell my mom, she would just be horrified if she even believed me, doubtfl.. and she is 84. What would be the point? I don’t know.

    • Amy, I’m glad you feel safe sharing here and you’re right, they don’t auto publish for the purpose of feeling safe. Right now, write those journal entries to you whom ever you need to vent at. It’s safe. And I say go for it all the way, don’t hold anything back. Say it all, until… Until you’ve got nothing left to say. Until you start to feel a release and that you’ve let go. I know it helps. I spent years doing it. And sometimes, when something comes up that I can’t get out of my mind because I tend to obsess over things that upset me, I write letters then too. And then I delete them but there is relief because I finally got to say what i needed to and i can move on.

  2. Kristen McIntyre

    “Honor your father and mother so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. ”
    Ephesians 6:2-3..”
    This verse is the first commandment of God Almighty with a promise.

  3. Lost and Found Lady

    Mother’s Day is a hard day for me..

    It’s hard because it’s just one day. I’d like the caring and the consideration to stretch… to be maybe Mother’s Week. Mother’s Month. /sigh. One day. Ok, lay it on me. I’m ready.
    I had a flower, a chocolate bar, hugs and extra efforts not to get into fights between my two teens. Today is the day after. Believe you, me, Mother’s Day is over. *TING*

    Analyzing it, I think they’re tired. Behaving themselves was WORK. Come to think of it, it is work. So is being gentle when they whine about not getting the treats they hoped for in their school lunches. Oh Lord, please.

    Then there is a glimpse of Mother’s Daywhen I made a very good dinner. “Oh Mom! I LOVE this! Thank You so much! ” I got a spontaneous hug and shining eyes. Well, maybe Mother’s Day isn’t totally ov-ah.

  4. Mother’s Day is a very special day for our family. Weeks before that, we plan on who will do the usual chores of mom for the day, as well as the place for our dinner.

  5. I so agree! The AFTER part is more important I think than the greeting. And follow up is great too.

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