A Different kind of Mother’s Day!

My beautiful Mom!

No less important….actually, I think even more important…..but celebrated today in a very different way than we have been accustom to for generations. There is no special family gathering to celebrate Mom. There is no Sunday brunch at her favourite restaurant to celebrate Mom.

Mother’s Day is a really important day at the best of times but during this “social distancing” and Covid19 isolation it seems even more significant!

Our Moms are our compasses from our birth to the end of our times on this planet. They nurse us, tend to our every need as infants. They raise us with their morals and traditions. They are our sounding board through the teens years, and our disciplinarians. Then when we get through the growth into adults our Mom’s become our friends. Our very special friends. Friends like no other.

I am blessed to have my Mom in my life the whole of my 59 years. She raised 7 children, fed 9 mouths 3 times a day, kept us all in line, taught us how to get on in the world at large, cheering from the sidelines. She nurtured each and every one of my siblings and I from birth to today. Now as adults we don’t require so much of the nurturing but we still feel the love and give the love to her.

My sweetie and I were going through old photo albums during our time of isolation. It was a walk down memory lane. We have pictures going back to when I was just a toddler and the different stages of my growing up and becoming an adult. There are school pictures, sports pictures, birthdays, weddings, travel, pictures with my Dad and siblings etc. Many of the pictures are of my Mom in her different stages and ages of life. Paul and I were fortunate to do some fantastic traveling with my Mom and her husband Roger. We have great pictures of our travels and the fun times we had together with them.

My Mom is doing amazingly well, still living in her own home, still getting around in her own car etc. She just turned 89 last week. She is still that firecracker we have all enjoyed for our many years. Now that I’m in BC and she is in Ontario…there are a lot of miles between us. I miss her but we talk on the phone often….and right now it seems we talk almost everyday.

My Mom’s children, my siblings, (minus my dear brother Scott ❤️ we lost at the beginning of this Coronavirus) are all over the age of 55 so there is no “hands on” mothering in our situation. My Mom has done more than her fair share of that. Now it is our turn to make certain she has all she needs for all time…..but more so during this time. We are ensuring she has groceries and that we are as close as the other end of the phone when she needs to talk. We keep her busy watching Netflix shows that we have all seen and enjoyed. We have her binge watching some great entertainment and that keeps her busy. She lives in a lovely condo on the water…her view is spectacular. Plus she has met some lovely neighbours in her building who offer to get things for her if she needs anything. One of my sisters and one of my brothers live in the same community as she does so they are nearby.

During this time of Coronavirus many Moms have their little ones and/or teens and university aged kids home from school and when I say home…I mean 24/7.

Mom’s are being “Mom” as well as being the main sources of many other job descriptions in this time of Covid19:

  • Educators with the schools closed
  • Psychologists trying to make children understand why they can’t hug gramma or play with their friends on the play ground right now.
  • Cleaning crew….no doubt there’s more house work, more laundry, more general dust from everyone being home all the time.
  • Chef for 3 meals a day. No school lunches and no restaurant breaks so Mom is prepping 21 meals a week right now.
  • Life coach dealing with emotions and any number of life issues.
  • Organizers for the entire household now.
  • Hair stylist…..for the kids, the husband and the dog.
  • Entertainer….with the board games, the popcorn for movie time.
  • Chief disciplinarians….bound to be some pent up frustration on all levels with this isolation and with that comes a bit of childhood and teenage “attitude”.
  • Referee….if there is more than one child at home, the odd disagreement or family feud needs to be broken up.
  • Finances keeper….with many parents not working right now the incomes of many have dropped meaning tighter budgetary measures to keep food on the table.
  • Creative director: Keeping the little ones active with arts and crafts.
  • Screen Time Moderator
  • Comforter: During this time of isolation there is a need in all of us where we seek comfort and there is nobody better qualified to offer comfort than our Mom.

Our Moms do so much for us through all stages of life and all situations in life. This current situation is one none of us has lived through. Our Moms are the glue that keeps us together. Our Moms deserve so much love and praise.

I acknowledge that there are many families in the world who have just recently lost their Mom and/or Grandmother to Coronavirus. I feel the pain that these families must be experiencing with the inability to be with loved ones at this sad and unsettling time. We all feel your pain. ❤️

I have shared this short “devotion” to Mom before but it says it all and it needs to be shared often.

Your Mother is always with you.  She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.  She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and the fragrance of life itself.  She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.  She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow; she is Christmas morning.  Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  She’s the place you came from, your first home and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.  She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.  Not time, not space, not even death. –Unknown



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