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Everywhere today we see Happy Mothers with Happy Children celebrating a Happy Mothers Day.

There is even the stretch … Happy Mothers Day for those of us with non-traditional situations. Or as a friend of mine wrote:

Happy Mothers Day to all women. Whether your kids have hair or fur, whether they came out of your body or not, all women parent some child, at home, church, classroom or community.

But hey, what about everyone else? The rest of us? Those of us who have something else going on in our lives. Maybe today is the day I should not write. But I will. Anyway.

For the rest of us. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who loved her child so much that she gave them up … to be raised by somebody else. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one whose child is holding a decades long grudge without contact … and withholds grandchildren. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who has tried in vain to have children … only to fail repeatedly. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who waited too long … only to discover they cannot have children. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who carried a child almost to term … only to have that child … that part of her … die at birth. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one whose Mother is there in body, but whose mind has long since left. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one whose Mother died this year and who will never again hear her gentle voice or look into her loving eyes … Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who is pretending that her marriage is happy and all is well … for the sake of the grown children … who probably know anyway. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who raised a child for all those years only to have the child taken away by a needless accident … or lingering war … or hopeless addiction. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who had to yell over the phone … screaming to be heard … only to hear her aged Mother say “Are you ever going to come back home?” Happy Mothers Day.

For the one who sat by the phone all day … hoping against hope … wandering occasionally from room to room clutching a card from years ago. Happy Mothers Day.

For the one looking at the little container from years gone by … held as though it were gold … the container which once held a plant … for Mothers Day … lovingly made by loving little hands … in the way that only a young child can … as tears run down her face.

Happy Mothers Day.

English: Mother's Day card

English: Mother’s Day card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)