April 26, 2010

Random Act of Kindness Challenge: Day 26 Other-Mother’s Day

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. I’m thrilled at the number of people who have decided to join me and Valerie in our goal to find small but meaningful ways to spread kindness. If you haven’t already grabbed our button, there are still a few days left in the month so please let everyone know you’re doing your part to make each day as nice as can be not just for you but for others as well.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 9th to be exact. Just about two week from now. Most everyone will call or send flowers or a card to mom. It’s one of the biggest eating-out days of the year. Who can blame you for taking mom out to dinner. No one wants mom to slave over a hot stove all day on HER day.

For some of us, though, we don’t have a mom to celebrate. My mom passed away nearly 19 years ago.  Wow, just typing seems impossible.  19-years.  I miss her dearly each and every day. And Mother’s Day is no exception. Actually, I miss her more because now that I am a mom I’d love to have her and my grandma with me on Mother’s Day so we could do one of those generational photos. Well, for more than just that reason, but that would be cool.  Instead, I have my memories.

But even though my biological mom is deceased, I so still have my Other-Mother. An Other-Mother is a woman who has been like a mom but isn’t your mom. Other-Mothers have a special place, never to take the place of a mom, in our hearts. My Other-Mother’s name is JoAnn. I love her like a mom. I don’t get to see her all the time, but I talk to her periodically and share my life with her. Just seeing her name on my caller-id, I get all smiley.

JoAnn never had children of her own. Every mother’s day for the last 15 or so years I have sent her a special card letting her know how much she means to me and how much I love her. And this year will be no different.  As a matter of fact, I think I’ll get her card ready today.

Do you have a special woman in your life that is an Other-Mother? If so, write her out a special card and let her know how you feel. Mother’s Day is a celebration of all the motherly women in our lives.  Mothers and Other-Mothers alike.

Sara

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