13) Mum’s the Word

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I have to say, I celebrate Mother’s Day on a daily basis. We don’t live in the same city, so don’t see each other as often as we’d like, but we try to communicate at least once a week. Still, I think about her all the time. I feel love for her in an unmeasurable proportion. Huge, gigantic, LARGE. We gift each other every moment of the day with the respect and love we toss back and forth between us. There is one gift I wish I could have given her but maybe I’ll talk about that another day.

Also, since my family tree has many glorious branches I send out a special Mother’s Day greeting to my step-mom. Big love flows in many directions.

I had a very nice moment at work, yesterday, speaking with a woman I had just met. After our transaction we wished each other Happy Mother’s Day. We both, I’m guessing, are hovering around our mid forties (I mention this only to paint the scene) and while neither of us has ever had a child, like her father always said, she told me in her lovely Brazilian lilt, “All women should be wished a Happy Mother’s Day since, whether or not they have had a child, they are often the ones taking care of the business.” Here, here… I’ll add to that by saying, even though some of us have remained childless for our myriad of reasons, we all most definitely have, or have had, a mom.

So today, whether you’re the one sitting on the queen’s throne or princess chair – or both…  Whether you are spending the day together or apart… Whether you are wishing you still had one, were on good terms with one, or long to be one… I salute you.

Here’s to our relations with (or as a) mom, in all their beautiful, messy (beautifully messy) and/or complicated forms.

Happy Mother’s Day.

List 13 – A very short list of some interest (and in most cases fictional) Moms.

Films: All About My Mother, The Grifters, Secrets and Lies, Antonia’s Line, One True Thing, Lovely and Amazing, The Winter’s Guest, Little Voice, Postcards From the Edge, Bébé(s) (haven’t seen this documentary yet but it looks very interesting).

Television: I’m only going to mention one (although I’m sure there are many others) Six Feet Under. Frances Conroy was amazng.

Books: From Harvey River, by Lorna Goodison, The Liars Club, by Mary Karr, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

I might add to this later. Feel free to include some of your own suggetsions.


2 Responses to “13) Mum’s the Word”

  1. Mommy X said

    Love you, love you and then when I think I can’t love you any more…you craft a blog post like this…and I love you more!!!

    Happy Mother’s Day!


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