Sunday, May 10, 2015

You Either Are One or You Have/Had One

by Leann

It's May and in our family, this month is packed with celebrations. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, you name it. Many of us are either Taurus or Gemini and we also have relatives who have passed born in this month.

For instance, my late mother was born in May and so was my sister. I was born on my grandmother's birthday at the end of the month. Then a son-in-law joined us and he was also born in May. And I must add that my very first novel was published in May the same week my son was married. Coincidence? I don't know, but there's a lot going on!!

My mother passed away many, many years ago from complications of alcoholism. I can honestly say I don't miss her. It was a rough time growing up. She and my father moved to Brazil for his job and she died there. I don't even know where she's buried--or if she was buried. It's like an unfinished book. None of this means I didn't love her or forgive her. I did. But I made sure my children had a mom who was 100% there for them. So, in the beginning I didn't know how to be a good mom but I found my way. I succeeded. I am close with my kids. We love each other very much. Mother's Day is a true celebration. Even if you didn't have the best mother, you all had one. It's a tough job and some of them fail. But I have come to believe that a child has unconditional love for their mother even though sometimes it's complicated.

Most of you out there probably were wonderful mothers because you were taught well! I applaud you and hope you have a fantastic day.