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Mother’s Day: a day of gratitude, grief and grace

Mother's Day brings feelings of gratitude for the mom we have and what she has brought to our life.


For some people, the day stirs up grief for the mother who has died, grief for the kind of mom we never had, or grief over the mother we cannot become - due to infertility or adoption roadblocks.

Perhaps today we can celebrate not only our own mom, but also the women who care for us in good times and bad, who foster our dreams and dare to tell us the truth about ourselves; the women who courageously step into our suffering, our sadness as well as our joy - and stay near.

Perhaps today we can honor the part of us who loves, nurtures, and guides the children in our lives - no matter how they come to us: through blood or circumstance.

Today, I thank all the women who love my son - godmothers bringing him kindness, love, humor and adventures. You are the moms in the moments of his life. You bring traditions, memories, and a touchstone of love that I alone cannot.

Thank you, forever, and happy Mother's Day.

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