I am not a big holiday person. I suffer in silence in order to make others happy on holidays. However, I sorta-kinda love Mother’s Day not only because I am a mother of two of the most incredible boys on the planet but to show love and appreciation for the moms in my life especially my mother and my mother-in-law. Short of cloning myself and wishing for an extra few hours, we took time to celebrate all three. What a fabulous day!
The boys surprised me with with breakfast in bed (yay). Before the boys and Mister came upstairs, I was up making a Flipagram and bawling my eyes out.
I have so many amazing memories in just the past year alone with my sons. They are my everything and I am thankful to be their mother and experience a love like this. I will just leave it at that before I unleash an incredible mush fest.
My youngest son had been telling me for two days that he made something special for me:
And boy was it special! Do you notice his artwork says RUNNER and ACTIVE? Even though I am a newish, slower than molasses runner… I do run! Also, I want to instill in my sons the pleasure of being active and finding things you find passion in. Not just sports but being active in your community, following your passions, and not letting life pass you by. My son sees things in me that I don’t often see. STUNNING. Even my nine year old thinks I am pretty, probably on days I don’t. The letter on the back brought tears to my eyes. Some moms live for the flowers, the jewelry…this piece of art means everything to me.
I didn’t want to eat alone so we went downstairs, ate breakfast (not wise that I had a mimosa) and got ready for the #WonderWowMom Virtual 5K, an event held by Black Girls Run. The last 5K we did was at Color Me Rad so the boys were excited for bibs and for bling!
It was a hot and humid run but we finished it! Someone may have asked “Do people really run for fun?” a few too many times. No, it was not me. It was my nine year old! My older son was ahead, earphones in and focused most of the time while I walked/ran/held hands and skipped with my younger son.
After our 5k, we showered and traveled to see my mom. We took her out for a fab early dinner of Ethiopian food at Mesob’s in Montclair. I hadn’t had Ethiopian food in years and it was so DELICIOUS.
My older son said he wants to learn how to cook injera at home and for for the boy who only likes to make eggs, this is huge. We did took a walk around town (such beautiful weather!) and had desserts and coffee. We picked up some sweets from a French patissiere and headed back towards my in-laws to celebrate my mother in law. She enjoyed the desserts, libations, and gifts and we stayed a little too late for a school night.
However joyous my Mother’s Day was, I know how hard this day is for many loved ones in my life. My
half sisters lost their mother far too early in life and it pains me that this day is so difficult for them. It is also hard for my mother who lost her mother when she wasn’t that much older than I am right now so I made a silent pledge to ALWAYS make it a special day for her. One of my best friends lost her mother suddenly a few years back and seeing her grief, loss, and sadness touched me in a way I never knew possible. I believe all these experience..these heart-breaking ones help others. You don’t take things for granted. You want to be the best mother possible. You make every effort to celebrate your mother each and every day for tomorrow is not promised. But even with great loss, these women took time of their day to make me feel special even if it was just via text. If you have lost your mother or mother figure, don’t have a good relationship with your mother, don’t know your mom, lost a child, having trouble conceiving…this may be a very difficult day but please trust and believe you do have people thinking of YOU.