Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 46 countries across the globe. It’s a day to honor the unique and important contributions of the person called Mom. Motherhood is not necessarily about biology. It’s about unconditional love, strength, absolute commitment and support; our most gentle and truthful critic, a trusted advisor and best friend.
Throughout life Mom is there – always willing to listen – enduring countless hours of music lessons to prepare you for Carnegie Hall or Broadway – cheering at games to support your future career as a professional athlete – and, when life doesn’t go quite the way it was planned, – providing a sympathetic ear and shoulder to cry on with the right amount of advice and encouragement to move forward.
Everyone has a personal reason to think about, honor, remember and celebrate that special person called Mom. All these reasons and more.
If Mom has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, Mother’s Day is likely different. You may now find that roles are reversed – you are the caregiver providing comfort and support, the person who listens to Mom ask you the same questions and tell you the same story again and again, realizing that who you are may not always be remembered.
You may want to plan a much simpler Mother’s Day but, celebrate, nonetheless. Focus on what Mom can do and will enjoy – a walk, a favorite game, listening to music from time gone by or sharing a conversation even about something that happened years ago. Take time with your Mom to nurture and treasure every moment. Roles may be different, and the facts may get confusing but, the emotion of the connection endures.