Every year, during the happy celebration of Mother’s Day in our country, many of us get to feel bittersweet emotions, hesitant to address the difficulties of this day.
For some of us, this day brings the reminder of barrenness. For others, the pain of loss due to the passing of a mother, a child, or both.
I had to write something.
In a way, writing and creating is a form of giving birth. Our “children” are our poems, stories, books, paintings, music, and any other form of creativity.
This is for all of us women, creators, wherever we are:
For all women who raised children – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
For all children who grew up with a mother who is no longer with us physically, we lovingly celebrate with you; your mother’s gift of life to you and for raising you to be the wonderful and amazing person that you are – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
For all women who love: grandmothers, wives, aunts, sisters, step-mothers, foster mothers, teachers, care providers, neighbors, friends, pet-lovers, and many other types of women – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
For the diverse variety of motherhood in our country: new mothers, single mothers, adoptive mothers, fathers fulfilling the role of a mother, mothers of grown children, empty nesters who are embarking on a new chapter in their lives this year – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
For all my fellow clergywomen, who continuously care for and raise, with love, children of all ages – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
For all who are reading this – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
And for all who cannot read my note to you, you are loved and you are precious – Happy and Love-filled Mother’s Day.🌹
With love, Rabbi Meeka Simerly, 2017