Mother's Day is Sunday and Mothers across the world will be celebrated. Young children will make lovely pieces of art at school and day care and the stores will be packed on Saturday with those trying to find the perfect gift for Mom, grandmother, aunt, wife and other special women.
I ran into a lady at the grocery store today who has a very special Mother's Day story. Walking through the store, I spoke to several people while picking up groceries. I ended up next to a woman in line and just started chatting with her. To keep the conversation going, I asked her what she was doing for Mother's Day. She hesitated to share but indicated that this one was going to be very different for her, however it was going to be a very special one for her. I smiled and asked "Why?" I could tell she was trying to find the right words to share her story. When she finally got it all out, I knew that I would never view Mother's Day the same way again.
My new acquaintance shared that at a young age she had made some huge mistakes the biggest one being giving her daughter up for adoption after giving birth to her at the age of 17. Within the last year she had been contacted by the daughter and the adoptive mother indicating a desire to finally meet her. I don't have all of the details of their first meetings, but after twenty years of being separated from her first born child, the woman now has a relationship with the daughter she had not seen since the day the child was born. She had tears in her eyes and she expressed her gratefulness for God's timing and the blessing of being reunited with her daughter. This was going to be their first Mother's Day together.
I think I hugged her at least three times while we were standing in line. She continued to share how grateful she is that her daughter has forgiven her and understands the decision she had to make as a young teenager who could not take care of herself nor her newborn child. What really blessed my spirit was when she mentioned that she wanted to do something special for the woman who who had adopted her daughter and cared for her for so many years. She was thankful that God had placed her in the care of such a loving and wonderful woman who loved and cared for her and helped her to become the woman that she is today.
Before going to the grocery store today, I wasn't that excited about Mother's Day as it is going to be the first year I am without my own Mother. I am grateful that I was able to spend time with her last Mother's Day before she joined the heavenly ranks on May 31, 2013.
There was a reason I had to stand in line at the grocery store today and I am thankful that God knew exactly what I needed. I have a different attitude now. Mother's Day is going to be different, but I am certain it will be blessed!
Happy Mother's Day!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach